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Object of the Month: April 2021

1 April 2021

Object(s) of the Month: Celebrating Earth Day

Highgate Ponds 1, James Boswell (1953);
On Hampstead Heath, Helen Allingham (1867);
Leg of Mutton Pond, Phyllis Bray (1950);
Trees, Hampstead Heath, Margaret Rowney (1920)

Spring is now well and truly upon us, and here at Burgh House we have been enjoying the bloom of new flowers, the sounds of songbirds singing, and some warmer temperatures!
This April, we are celebrating more than Spring and Easter, though – on 22nd April this year we will also be celebrating Earth Day!
During this time of rebirth and blossoming, we can’t help but look to Hampstead Heath and appreciate the nature on our doorstep which has inspired artists for many years.
Our April Objects of the Month are a selection of works from our collection which beautifully depict the stunning oasis that is Hampstead Heath. In this selection, you can’t help but notice the peace and tranquillity that is exuded. Situated in the middle of a metropolis, the Heath has a serenity and provides a place for healing in the midst of the city’s chaos, so no wonder it has served as a haven and source of inspiration for artists over time.

In honour of Earth Day 2021’s theme of ‘Restore Our Earth’, we are taking this opportunity to reflect on the beautiful nature we have been gifted and think how it can continue to inspire artists for years to come. It can be easy to take our earth for granted, but it is our responsibility to care for it the way it has for us over the centuries.
As the Earth Day organisers say, individuals have the power to bring about change. This can be done on a big or a small scale, by considering our lifestyles, our consumer habits, and actions. By being conscious, knowledgeable, and proactive, a positive change can occur, and our planet can hopefully heal. We encourage our community to explore our beautiful selection of artworks inspired by Hampstead Heath, to take a mindful stroll through the Heath on a sunny day, and to reflect on ways we can make a change and preserve our nature for years to come.
See the Earth Day webpage for further information on how you can take action and get involved with their virtual events later this month.     
Ffion Boyd, Curatorial Intern        

Images:
Highgate Ponds 1, James Boswell (1953);
On Hampstead Heath, Helen Allingham (1867);
Leg of Mutton Pond, Phyllis Bray (1950);
Trees, Hampstead Heath, Margaret Rowney (1920)