Laura Burrard, Spring at Mirables, Isle of Wight - 1826 watercolour painting


An original 1826 watercolour painting, Laura Burrard Spring at Mirables, Isle of Wight.

This fine watercolour is by Laura Burrard (d.1880), member of the important Burrard family of Lymington, Hampshire. Laura Burrard was daughter of General Sir Harry Burrard, 1st Baronet of Lymington. A talented artist, Laura's botanical watercolours are in the collection of the National History Museum in London (and featured in their 2014 exhibition Images of Nature).

Laura's cousin was the poet Caroline Anne Bowles (who married Poet Laureate Robert Southey) – by whom we also have watercolours for sale, from the same collection.

Mirables was the fashionable seaside villa, in a picturesque part of the Isle of Wight, of George Arnold (1753-1806), of Ashby Lodge estate in Northamptonshire. Laura Burrard presumably visited the house because of her aristocratic connections.

Laid down on backing paper.

Initialled, inscribed and dated lower right on backing paper.
In good condition for its age.
16.8cm x 11.1cm.

This picture forms part of a fascinating collection of largely early 19th-century works we have for sale connected with the important Burrard family of Lymington. Taken as a whole, the collection tells of the family’s artistic talents, including that of artist and seaman Admiral Sir Charles Burrard; Laura Burrard, whose drawings are in the National History Museum; and poet Caroline Anne Bowles, future wife of Poet Laureate Robert Southey. They picture the places in Hampshire where the family grew up and which remained significant to the Burrards through the 19th century, along with Naval subjects, evidencing the importance of Naval achievement in the family’s history. In addition, there are some unusual subjects relating to New World exploration, forming a fascinating record of contemporary interest in this amongst the English ruling classes at this time.

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Product code: JK-292

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