The Brits and their Gardens – a Match Made in Illustrative Heaven

Published on Saturday, 24 July 2010

Sue Macartney–Snape is the award winning artist and illustrator of the ‘Social Stereotypes’ column in the Saturday Telegraph. This summer, she depicts the eccentric English and their much-loved gardens in four comical illustrations.

There is a long standing relationship between the British and their gardens. Fussed over, pruned and polished squares of landscaping are dedicated to relaxation and the quest to best one’s neighbour. Macartney–Snape’s astute observations of this very British tradition are to be found in four of her best illustrations.

‘The Happy Man’ and ‘The Happy Couple’ remark on our gardens as an extension of our home – lounging in the sun, enjoying a glass of fizz and reading the papers. In true Macartney-Snape style, ‘The Happy Man’ is not only happy because of his garden haven, but also his butler and maid who dote upon his every need!

‘Defoliating’ demonstrates our intrinsic need, as Brits, to prune our beloved plants to within an inch of their lives, while ‘Collecting Cuttings’ shows us revelling in the fruits of our labour by sharing with friends our best and most luscious flowers.

Sue Macartney-Snape has been the Saturday Telegraph Magazine’s illustrator for over 15 years, and has a reputation as the finest in her field. With her prints selling worldwide, she is a household name, and has been widely acclaimed as ‘the Wodehouse of art’ and ‘a master of caricature.’ (John Julius Norwich)

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