Living near Gravetye Manor in Sussex, William Robinson’s home for fifty years, Judith became so intrigued by the story of the Irish garden writer that she gave up her job at Tate Gallery to write a new biography.
Robinson was famously private and never talked about his early life in Ireland, but Judith set out to find out more about the enigmatic man behind the best-selling books and firm opinions – his friendships, passions and daily life in Victorian London and at home at Gravetye.
She brings her expertise in the visual arts to shed light on Robinson’s keenly visual approach to the garden and his lifelong friendships with artists.
As Chief Curator at Tate Britain (2001-2010) and Tate’s Director of National & International Partnerships (2010-2020), Judith has curated and organised many art exhibitions, bringing Tate’s iconic collection to audiences across the world. She studied art history at the Courtauld and English and Art History at the University of York. Born and brought up in County Tyrone, she is also a keen gardener.