Watercolour; inscribed on label verso ‘Pond, probably Paddington Pond, painted/ while staying at Abinger, Surrey, Early work/ by C. Phillott, who gave it to her sister Hillary Seeley’
10 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 inches
Like Helen Allingham, Phillott painted children, pastoral idylls and allegorical subjects. She was capable of great sensitivity and delicacy, but could be trite, and her later work occasionally seems silly to a modern audience. This early landscape from the ‘60s, however, is tight, atmospheric and careful.