Flower paintings from the 18th & 19th centuries
Over the next fortnight, our gallery will be hung with a selection of flower and still-life paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries, both in oils and in watercolour.
Appearing in our advertisement in today’s (24th May) edition of Country Life magazine, the highlight is Antoine Berjon’s Basket of Roses and a Hydrangea. This is exceptionally rare and one of only about twenty known oil paintings by this supremely gifted but elusive master from Lyons in south-eastern France. It was last with our firm a generation ago, and the intervening decades have only served to underline to connoisseurs and curators the scarcity and ‘cult status’ of Berjon’s work.
Also on view are three watercolours by the great Redouté, and a posy of flowers by one of his many lady pupils, Eulalie de Bridieu. Meanwhile Mary Moser’s delicate canvas of roses reminds us how comparatively obscure the art of flower painting remained in late eighteenth-century Britain.
We look forward to showing you these and other examples of a genre which is so much a part of our firm’s ninety-two year history. The exquisite Berjon alone is worth a visit!