This watercolour was painted on [heavy] paper around 1820 by the miniaturist artist Emma Eleonora Kendrick (c. 1788 – 1871). It depicts a man tending a standard shrub in a walled garden with formal square flower beds to one side, with an arbour opposite. A spade, rake, roller and watering can surround the gardener. Two bee hives sit on a raised platform next to wrought-iron gates with a church tower, trees, pottery kilns and chimneys in the distance.
Emma Eleonora Kendrick was the daughter of a sculptor, Joseph Kendrick. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists. Her book ‘Conversations on the Art of Miniature Painting’ appeared in 1830.
Purchased in 2013 under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures scheme. Ref: 2013.037
Emma Eleonora Kendrick