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Lilian Stannard
Springtime, Northamptonshire

The Painting
A watercolour measuring 9½” x 13½”. Signed Lilian Stannard. Provenance: exhibited as No. 8 ‘Springtime, Northamptonshire’ at the Mendoza Gallery, New Bond Street, London in 1906 or 1907 (label verso).

About the Artist
Lilian Stannard (1877-1944) came from a well-known family of Bedfordshire artists. She was the daughter of Henry Stannard and sister of Henry John Sylvester Stannard, Alexander M. Stannard and Ivy Stannard. Lilian became a celebrated painter of English gardens and her work was widely known through reproductions. She had several exhibitions at Arthur Ackermann’s between 1914 and 1939 and also showed at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Viewing her exhibition of 1906 at the Mendoza Gallery, the art critic of The Observer commented: ‘I defy any lover of an old-fashioned English garden to see these drawings without real delight. There is a peace, a repose, almost a fragrance about each and all of them.’

The Subject
Springtime, Northamptonshire. An idyllic scene of lilacs around a duck pond by a thatched cottage.

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