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Oil painting - Spring Flowers
  • Spring Flowers
    Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901
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Spring Flowers

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case WS

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.

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.

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting three children gathering wild flowers

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)


1851 (made)


Smith, George, born 1829 - died 1901 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'G. Smith/1851'
Signed and dated by the artist in red, lower right


Height: 45.7 cm, Width: 55.9 cm, Depth: 9.5 cm, Height: 64 cm framed, Width: 74.7 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By George Smith (born in London, 1829, died there in 1901)

Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1851

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Spring Flowers' or 'Children Gathering Wild Flowers' by George Smith. Great Britain, 1851.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 268-69

Labels and date

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]

Production Note

dated 1851


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Flowers


British Galleries; Paintings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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