The Flower Maiden
Oil on canvas, signed
William Oliver was a London figurative and genre artist who specialised in paintings of young women. He exhibited from 1867-1882 at the Royal Academy with a total of fifteen works including: ĎA Thing of Beauty is a Joy for Everí and ĎA Love Testí. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists and the British Institute. During the 1870ís and 1880ís he became interested in Greek and Roman themes incorporating fine fabrics and costumes into his paintings. His well-executed and delicate works mainly depict figures of young women and pretty girls. For this reason Oliverís works remain highly popular and collectable today.
The painting is housed in a new English made gilt frame in the appropriate style for the period, which is in excellent condition.