Thursday, April 23, 2009

Agnes Gardner King

[Beside the River]
fl. 1880 - 1902.
Hardly known yet a good watercolour artist, King exhibited widely, including at the RA and with her sister Elizabeth Thomson King is known to have lived in London, Newbury and Florence. Both painted landscapes and figurative subjects. Althugh sweet to modern tastes the handling of the figures and trees shows a good technique and Chinese White is used on the dress (first put on the market by Winsor & Newton in 1834). No doubt the subject was inspired by the poem 'Mary had a Litttle Lamb'.

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