Bernard Fleetwood Walker (1893-1965):
Trug with dog daisies: study for Amity, circa 1933
Framed (ref: 50)
Oil on canvas board, 14 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (37.5 x 44.8 cm)
These still lives relate to Fleetwood-Walker's classic 1933 portrait Amity (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, no. 1619), which shows a young couple picnicking. In the finished painting the basket is filled with apples, rather than flowers - but the languidly reclining woman holds, at the very centre of the composition, the same variety of daisy. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of innocence, love, purity and beauty. The shape of the trug is different from the one in the final painting, but the stripy coat, which appears in Still life with pyrethrums, remains draped over the trug in the finished painting.