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a word on art

Gladwell & Patterson and Bridgerton

For the first time ever, Netflix will be sponsoring a garden at Chelsea Flower Show. The garden is inspired by the incredibly popular series 'Bridgerton', their latest season will be available to watch on Netflix next month which is based on the fourth Bridgerton book: 'Romancing Mr Bridgerton'.

The garden has been designed by Holly Johnston, and reflects the quiet and secretive personality of Penelope Featherington and her journey from being a wallflower to a confident young woman throughout her numerous London seasons.

The space has been divided into three chapters of Penelope's character development; visitors will see a moongate that beautifully frames the entrance to the garden, which leads to the second internal space which is a sunken seating area. The third space is punctuated by a hand-carved wall fountain engraved with a phrase that cements Penelope’s growth.

Last year Gladwell & Patterson celebrated 275 years, making us London's oldest art gallery. The Bridgerton series is set between 1813 and 1827, in the Regency era; which is one hundred years before the first Chelsea Flower Show.

Around the time the Bridgerton series is set, Henry Graves, owner of Gladwell & Patterson at the time, acquired the Royal Warrant and by special appointment to Her majesty the Queen T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales H.R.H. The Duke of Saxe-Gotha and the late Duchess of Teck. A Royal Warrant allows a company to display the royal arms, which indicates that goods or services are supplied to the sovereign or other members of the Royal Family.

The gallery had already been established for nearly seventy years when the Bridgerton story begins, and was certainly the place to buy fine art for families such as the Bridgertons, Featheringtons and Cowpers; as well as members of the Royal Family. We hope to see you at the Chelsea Flower Show 2024 to view the wonderful gardens and our beautiful paintings.


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