A Sunlit Garden
Oil on board; initialled and dated 1844; inscribed verso 'Left by Grannie to Joseph L Bower, Sept 29th 1895'
8 x 10 inches
Mary Bower, the artists daughter, thence by descent to her grandson Alfred Joseph Lance Bower
Lance was a still life painter, a pupil of Benjamin Haydon. His daughter Mary married the Liverpool cotton broker Alfred Bower in 1843 and they settled at Elm Cottage in Dingle, Liverpool the following year, where this picture was painted. The artist has painted himself sketching by the pond. The standing figure in the foreground is the artist’s wife Sarah, whilst the couple seen at the back are Mary and Alfred Bower, with another of the artist’s daughters, Eliza, in the window above.
Thanks to Mark Lance and John Radcliffe.