The Flower Girl

James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923)

Oil on canvas


Support: 838 × 660 mm; frame: 1090 × 1110 × 150 mm

Collection: Tate Gallery, London

Chantrey Purchase from the artist,1901

Sharing some characteristics (foliage and play of light) with Shannon's later Flora, this emphasises the close bond between nursing mother and baby, and the care lavished on the baby, with her pretty lacy bonnet with its (or perhaps the dress's) pink ribbon. [Click on the image to enlarge it; commentary continues below]

Image kindly made available on the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND) licence. Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee and Shirley Nicholson.