I found this on online, on an auction site. It’s in oils, on canvas. The auction was on on J’s birthday, and I was the only bidder. I thought he would like it because the artist is his great aunt, Edna Doris Bridge. Flowers on her birthday, for his!
What a lovely birthday present! It’s a very pleasing co-incidence, too.
According to Doris’s distinctive handwriting on the reverse, the title of the painting is ‘Birthday Flowers’.
Whilst there are other possible scenarios, we think it likely that these are the flowers she received on her own birthday. She never married, so perhaps they were from an admirer? What about the cryptic I Q on the label?
The label also reveals that, after WW2, she lived in St Alban’s, Hertfordshire. That’s something we didn’t previously know.Jonathan & Denise >
It’s likely been hung above an open fire for many years, or in a house of smokers, because it would certainly benefit from a professional clean – though that’s not something we’ll rush into.