William John Caparne (1856-1940)
A Bank of Belladonna Lilies, c.1935
pastel on cartridge paper, 252 x 360 mm, unmounted, with original tissue protection
Signed and inscribed verso, Belladonna Lilies / bank of / W J Caparne
This freely worked and bold celebration of the spring-flowering Belladonna Lily is a fine example of Caparne’s later pastel works. Although grown extensively in the UK and well suited to gardens in the Channel Islands, the Belladonna Lily is a native of the Southern Cape, and this image reflects Caparne’s increasing interest in South African flora in the last decades of his life as well as his love of rich and explosive colour.
For more information on Caparne’s life and work, see our blog post here