Description & Technical information

This large and impressive pencil drawing of bay leaves was chosen for reproduction as a full-page illustration in the magazine The Artist in 1898. As the accompanying article noted of Ryland, ‘The backgrounds to many of his works are occupied with carefully-wrought floral designs as ingeniously composed as for a wall-paper. Quite as much time is given to them as to the rest of the composition, for the workmanship is very delicate, and the delineation of natural forms shows both knowledge and sympathy. The studies for these are carefully made from nature, as the reproductions given will show.’

A handful of other drawings of flora by Ryland are known, including a group of four finished drawings of Cowslips, Water Violets, Primroses and ‘The Rathe Primrose’.

Date:  1898
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  England
Medium: Pencil on dark green paper
Signature: Signed with the artist’s initials H.R. at the lower right centre.

Dimensions: 53.1 x 38.1 cm (20⁷/₈ x 15 inches)
Provenance: Christopher Wood, London
Katherine Woodward Mellon, Stonington, CT
Thence by descent until 2012.
Literature: The Artist, Vol.XXIII, September-December 1898, illustrated between pp.48 and 49.
Exhibitions: New York, Shepherd Gallery, English Romantic Art 1840-1920: Pre-Raphaelites, Academics, Symbolists, 1994, no.131.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints