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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122

Spring Flowers

Oil Painting
1851 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
Oil paintings with sentimental scenes of children in the countryside became popular with collectors such as John Sheepshanks and the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, as well as with the Victorian public in general.

People
George Smith (1829-1901) studied at the RA schools and later exhibited many works at the RA and the British Institution. He specialised in genre scenes of children which were much admired. They were usually rather idyllic scenes like this.

Subjects Depicted
When this painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851, The Art Journal in its review, admired the subject of `Children decking with flowers their little sister, whom they have drawn forth in her little cart; the picture has much truthful excellence.' Most early Victorian artists, with the notable exception of William Mulready, avoided the darker aspects of childhood in response to the taste of their patrons.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleChildren Gathering Wild Flowers (generic title)
Materials and Techniques
oil on panel
Brief Description
Oil painting entitled 'Spring Flowers' or 'Children Gathering Wild Flowers' by George Smith. Great Britain, 1851.
Physical Description
Oil on panel depicting three children gathering wild flowers
Dimensions
  • Height: 45.7cm
  • Width: 55.9cm
  • Depth: 9.5cm
  • Framed height: 64cm
  • Framed width: 74.7cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 20/01/1999 by sf
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'G. Smith/1851' (Signed and dated by the artist in red, lower right)
Gallery Label
British Galleries: George Smith was a popular painter who often exhibited at the Royal Academy. He specialised in scenes of children. These were usually idyllic scenes, which appealed to the sentimental tastes of a very wide section of the Victorian public.(27/03/2003)
Credit line
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857
Object history
Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By George Smith (born in London, 1829, died there in 1901)



Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1851
Production
dated 1851
Subjects depicted
Summary
Object Type
Oil paintings with sentimental scenes of children in the countryside became popular with collectors such as John Sheepshanks and the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, as well as with the Victorian public in general.

People
George Smith (1829-1901) studied at the RA schools and later exhibited many works at the RA and the British Institution. He specialised in genre scenes of children which were much admired. They were usually rather idyllic scenes like this.

Subjects Depicted
When this painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851, The Art Journal in its review, admired the subject of `Children decking with flowers their little sister, whom they have drawn forth in her little cart; the picture has much truthful excellence.' Most early Victorian artists, with the notable exception of William Mulready, avoided the darker aspects of childhood in response to the taste of their patrons.
Bibliographic Reference
Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 268-69
Collection
Accession Number
FA.187[O]

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record createdMarch 25, 2003
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