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Jan Van Huysum

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase 


Oil on canvas

133.5 x 91.5 cm

© The National Gallery, London

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Jan Van Huysum Visits Perth

As part of a tour of six locations across the United Kingdom, Jan Van Huysum’s magnificent painting, Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736–7) is on display at the Walled Garden at the Murray Royal Hospital in Perth having previously visited Cornwall, Norfolk, the East Midlands, and South Yorkshire. This painting, from the National Gallery in London, is being displayed in unusual or unexpected, non-museum venues, including a food bank, a covered market and a former department store. The tour promotes ways in which art and culture can support wellbeing and reach audiences who have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and lockdown.


The Walled Garden in Perth is a community hub supporting people’s mental health through art therapy. The location was selected to encourage people to explore the outdoors and link art with their surroundings. Walking and exploring local green spaces has been a much-needed reprieve from life for many people working through the pandemic.


Flowers in a Terracotta Vase will be on display for the public at The Walled Garden from July 31 to August 8 2021, between 10am and 3pm.


Jan Van Huysum Visits Perth has been developed by the National Gallery, PKAVS and Culture Perth & Kinross. 


This project is supported by Art Explora - Académie des Beaux-Arts Award.


Insurance has been gifted by Blackwall Green.


Supported by The John S Cohen Foundation.

A closer look: Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' | National Gallery

Van Huysum's 'Flowers in a Terracotta Vase' in 10 minutes | National Gallery


In anticipation of the display of Jan van Huysum’s Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service (PKAVS) worked with clients in the Walled Garden at Murray Royal, Perth to make creative reponses to the artwork. 


Louise’s words, which evoke the flowers in Jan van Huysum’s painting alongside the rainbow colours of the Scottish landscape, could also describe the healing beauty of the Walled Garden. The Walled Garden is part of PKAVS’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, based in the grounds of the Murray Royal Hospital just minutes from Perth city centre, and is a tranquil haven for people recovering from mental illness and members of the public alike. 


The National Gallery collection belongs to the public, and the Gallery is committed to ensuring it is seen and experienced by as many people as possible.

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