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William Frederick Longstaff (1879-1953) - Oil, Still Life of Spring Flowers

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A joyous oil painting by William Frederick Longstaff, depicting a still life scene of cheerful spring blooms in a beautiful bottle green glass vase. Bold yellow tulips, roses and irises pop against the crisp white variety in this loose floral arrangement. The artist has signed to the lower right-hand corner, as shown. On canvas on stretchers.


Where a previous frame has protected the canvas, there is a visible margin around the edge of the painting. A light white scuff mark is visible across the closed tulip in the lower right corner. The overall condition of the painting is very good.


61 x 51cm (24" x 20.1")

Artist Biography

Painter, cousin of the Australian painter Sir John Longstaff, Will developed an interest in art while serving in the Boer War in South Africa. During World War I he was an Official War Artist, was commissioned and worked with the Australian Army on camouflage. The war left a mark on his art, one of the results of which was his much-reproduced picture The Ghosts of Menin Gate, presented to the Australian Federal Government by Lord Woolavington. After the war Longstaff settled in north London, where he died, and showed at the RA Summer Exhibition. As well as mystical and allegorical pictures he produced conventional works such as decorative and delicate oil on canvas Still Life with Flowers, offered by Sotheby’s Olympia in 2004. He is represented in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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Code rm373
Artist William Frederick Longstaff (1879-1953)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 61 x 51cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Still Life
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