George Clare (1830-1900)

Artist Name George Clare (1830-1900)
Title Still Life of Spring Flowers and Birds Nest
Description This lovely British Victorian still life oil painting is by noted still life Birmingham artist George Clare. Painted circa1870 the composition is one of his favourites, a bird's nest with spring flowers on a mossy bank. The nest is probably a black bird's with its blue eggs and the flowers are a mix of yellow primroses, some in a little wicker basket,  and pink and white spring apple blossom caught in the sunlight. The detail and brushwork are lovely and this is a great example of a Victorian still life oil painting and of Clare's work.

Signed lower right.
Provenance Stratford estate. 
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 20 x 24 inches
Frame Housed in a gilt frame, 30 inches by 26 inches, in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography George Clare (1830-1900) Clare was a Birmingham artist having a studio there that his son Oliver later took over when his father moved to London towards the end of his life. He specialised in still life paintings of fruit, flowers and birds nests in a natural setting and was one of three artists to popularize painting birds nests along with William Hunt 1829-1875 and William Dexter 1818-1860. George Clare’s paintings reflect the enormous popularity of the highly defined works of the Pre-Raphaelites who were becoming prominent at this time. George exhibited at the Royal Academy during 1864, 1866 and 1867, The Royal Society of British Artists and The British Institution regularly throughout his career until 1874 when there are no further records of him exhibiting again.

Exhibited: Birmingham - 35, Dudley Gallery - 2, Fine Art Society - 6, Liverpool - 52, Manchester - 14, New Gallery - 2, Royal Academy - 14, Royal Society British Artists - 310, Royal Hibernian Academy - 19, Royal Institute Oil Painters - 26, Royal Scottish Academy - 2.
Price £6000
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