Illuminated testimonial of appreciation from the Ruhleben Horticultural Society, Germany, to the RHS

Scope and Content

Testimonial, manuscript, paper, polychrome, main inscription on background of sweet pea design, ‘We the committee and members of the Ruhleben Horticultural Society desire to express to the Royal Horticultural Society, London and friends at home our heartiest thanks for the valued gifts and generous support, which have made possible our work in Ruhleben. We request the acceptance of this testimonial as a token of our gratitude and appreciation’, inner border decorated with black and cream thistle and Tudor rose design, main border bears (above) watercolour illustrations of a hanging basket and inscription written within a decorative ribbon, ‘Society affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society’, (below) watercolour illustrations of barrack gardens and the Ruhleben market garden showing the edge of the pond and men at work, manuscript inscription below, ‘Designed by William Powell, Ruhleben. 1918’, outer border blue, gold, black lines. Dimensions 50.7 (w) x 59.7 (h) cm. Maker: William Powell