The Gate to the Front Garden has an inscription in two parts, the first line seen from outside the Front Garden and the second from within.
A COTTAGE – A FIELD – A PLOUGH
THERE IS HAPPINESS
This is a quotation from Louis Antoine de Saint Just, the uncompromising and compelling French Revolutionary idealogue who advocated the simple life of the peasant as a model for a just society. He was guillotined on 10 Thermidor (July 28) 1794. Implicitly the text is also a metaphor for the life of the artist.
Garden gate. Painted wood with brick piers, bearing a stone arch with inscription. Cambridge Ceramic Workshop: Richard Holliday and Jamie Sargeant, 1991.