Spring Flowers by William Gale ~ ca. 1850s
William Gale exhibited a number of charming genre secenes in the Pre-Raphaelite style, of which the present is an exquisite example – especially notable in the detail of the flowers. A comparable example is in the Tate collection,The Confidant of 1857. Spring Flowers was one of two pictures by Gale owned by the great Pre-Raphaelite and Old Master collector, William Graham, who also owned Rossetti’s Proserpine.