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‘Spring’ by Cecil Kennedy (1905-1997).

A fine floral style life oil on canvas depicting a silver vase of spring blooms by perhaps the most eminent British flower painter of the 20th century. ‘Spring’ is signed by the artist and is one of only two pictures Cecil Kennedy is known to have painted to feature a self-portrait, here seen as a reflection in the vase.

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

During his long and successful career Cecil Kennedy had many patrons including the Duke of Windsor, the Astor family and Queen Mary who said, “When I see Cecil Kennedy paintings, I can smell the flowers and hear the hum of the bees”. Queen Mary went on to encourage Kennedy to paint with the ongoing use of a ladybird – as seen in the painting being sold here – and from that moment forward it became one of his signature trademarks. Cecil Kennedy exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Paris Salon, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy. He was awarded a silver medal in 1956 and a gold medal in 1970 at the Paris Salon.

Dimensions: (framed) 53cm x 63cm (21” x 24¾”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 41cm x 51cm (16” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Private UK collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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