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“My first engagement with these private-public London garden Squares — Bryanston, Montagu, Portman and Manchester — was from the outside, peering through cast iron railings into their stillness amid the clogged arteries of Oxford Street and Edgware Road and the bustle of Marylebone. My daily walk between home and studio took me past the Squares and they began to seep into my consciousness. Intimacy with the places which are my source material is crucial. It became urgent to gain entry and pass from the outside to the inside, both to experience the enclosed space beneath the towering tree canopies and to find out what it was like to view the surrounding streets from the perspective of the gardens.”