George Clare

Still Life With Bird’s Nest & Apple Blossom

George Clare

Still Life With Bird’s Nest & Apple Blossom

This fine 19th-century oil painting by British artist George Clare (1835-1890) depicts a bird’s nest, apple blossom, and mossy bank.

While many of his contemporaries were focusing on the landscape, George Clare was foraging through the hedgerows searching for inspiration. His exquisite, life-like, renderings are a result of his passion for British flora and his painstaking technique.

His works evoke a gentle walk in the English countryside and celebrate the diversity of life we have on our doorstep. Today, he’s considered to be one of the finest British still-life painters of his generation.

Signed/dated lower left and held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 19” x 16” / 48cm x 40cm
Year of creation: c. 1870
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £10,600.

George Clare

George Clare

George Clare was an accomplished British painter of tumbling still lifes and iconic British flora. He worked initially in the decorative arts as a japanner while honing his skills as a painter. His works are often compared with those of William Henry Hunt (1790-1864) who appears to have been an influence. He's represented in numerous public collections.

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Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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