This oil on a single wood panel is mounted in a simple, white painted frame. In an interview shortly before her death in 1967, Lady Bullough recalled the work as having originated, along with the painting 'Vase of Flowers and Three Putti', from the sale of contents from seventeenth-century Wandsworth Manor House, St John’s Hill, London in the 1890s. Both paintings were displayed in Lady Bullough’s bedroom at Kinloch Castle.
The painting depicts a spray of mixed flowers in a funerary type urn standing on a table top against a dark background. The floral display fills the whole picture. Although there is no visible indication of artist or date, the work bears a remarkable similarity in every respect to a painting by Flemish painter Pauwels Casteels, entitled, 'Still Life of Flowers in an Urn'. However, the identity of the artist remains unproven.
Where to see this painting?
Kinloch Castle, Rum (Scottish Natural Heritage)
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