Noel Carrington, Dunbar’s Hampstead landlord, was keen to promote the work of those artists he admired. In 1937 as editor at Country Life Ltd he commissioned Ravilious to illustrate ‘The Country Life Cooke- ry Book’ and Edward Bawden ‘The Gardener’s Diary’. These were fol- lowed in 1938 by the now celebrated ‘High Street’, again illustrated by Ravilious, and a further ‘Gardener’s Diary’ illustrated by Evelyn Dun- bar. Each month was illustrated by its personification – some were later worked up into oils – while depictions of gardeners, male and fe- male, and their activities served as vignettes and tailpieces. Dunbar took the opportunity through a studied awkwardness to emphasise the fact that physical labour is the gardener’s lot throughout the year.