Eva Walbourn (neé Knight), active 1888-1930 was perhaps best known as wife of Victorian landscape artist Ernest Charles Walbourn (1872-1927). Eva gained recognition in her own right as an accomplished painter of garden scenes. She is recorded as being a wood carver, carpenter and sculptor. Before marrying she lived in Cardiff, Wales, where she was a member of The South Wales Art Society. She married Ernest in 1906, and not only encouraged her husband’s art but also often assisted him in painting the backgrounds of his larger works.
After Ernest’s death, Eva lived near Bristol and regularly exhibited at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal West of England Academy. Our collection of oils on board showcases Eva Walbourn’s individual talent. She excelled at depicting the cultivated beauty of English gardens, with an impressionistic use of colour and brushstroke, and eye for unusual composition. These paintings are a delight of summer light and floral bloom.