Above are six in a series of images by Ernest Lewellyn Hampshire, aka E. L Hampshire (1882-1944), entitled, “All in a Garden Fair“.
Born in East Dulwich on 16th June 1882, Hampshire was a professional landscape artist, water colourist, oil painter, etcher and architect.
- He studied at Clapham School of Art, Heatherley’s, the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and in Cornwall under J. Noble Barlow.
- Hampshire exhibited between 1907 and 1938 at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Institute, the Paris Salon and also at the Walker Art Gallery.
This springtime floral show reminds me of the last verse of that old-traditional song “In An English Country Garden” where it states:
“How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.”
It’s a rare affair , so let’s be aware and celebrate “All In a Garden Fair.”