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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

English Bluebells from the Window

This is an enchanting scene that has a timeless appeal. Where in the world would you say it had been painted? For me it is a very English scene that calls to mind the novels of Jane Austen or the love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne in Bright Star.

The unspoilt rural view and the elegant, delicate decor would not have been out of place during the Georgian era, though could as easily be Victorian, Edwardian or even belong in a stylish period house today.

So it was no surprise to learn that artist Stephen Darbishire is a British painter living in the heart of the English Lake District. A member of the Royal Society of British Artists, Darbishire's work is full of the charm of bygone times.

Bluebells
Bluebells is available from Allposters.com.


The window in the traditional English country cottage (which is presumably Darbishire's own home) features in many of his paintings. I had never seen his work before but have fallen in love with his portrayal of England.

In the simply titled Bluebells we see the open window of white painted wood inviting us into a springtime scene. The serene hills and winding river are the setting for this celebration of Spring in the fresh green leaves and the clumps of bluebells growing wild on the riverbank.

The window ledge is as pretty as the scene beyond. A bunch of bluebells in a glass vase sits beside an elegant bone china teacup and saucer on a lace mat. Someone has left a colourful silk scarf and a pair of bound books here too.

You can own Darbishire's Bluebells as either an art print, a giclee print, or a stretched canvas print. Sizes range from 16 by 12 inches to 56 by 42 inches for giclee prints.

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