The Walnut Tree

Paul Nash, 1889 - 1946

The Walnut Tree

Paul Nash 1889 - 1946


A Cumberland landscape with a view of rolling hills beyond a stone wall. The lower part of a tree trunk, with a side branch on the right, can be seen behind the wall to centre right. There is a gate to the right of the tree. This watercolour sketch is described by Roger Cardinal in 'The Landscape Vision of Paul Nash' as "The tree rises behind a garden wall whose carefully constructed wooden gate is shut; a small section of wall encloses a shrub on the far side. A box covered in tarpaulin is set at the bottom edge of the image to the right. The walnut tree to which the title directs the eye and the free hills behond, are implicitly cordoned off, out of bounds. The image seems to speak of inhibition, a fear of unframed space. What lies in the box? Can the gate be opened? Here things are poised at a limit beyond which Nash seems not prepared to venture: or perhaps it is that the boundary, exemplified in the wall, is where he loves to linger, thrilled by the dizziness of expectancy" p.85-86

Object Name

The Walnut Tree

Creators Name

Paul Nash

Date Created



support: 38.1cm x 54.6cm

accession number


Place of creation





chalk (brown)

Catalogue Raisonne

Andrew Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980


Gift of Mr Charles Lambert Rutherston, 1925


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