Edward Ladell was born in Hasketon, Suffolk in 1821 the son of Christmas Ladell a coachbuilder. He was a self-taught artist and initially worked in his father’s business in Colchester as an engraver. He is also believed to have worked as a pattern designer for a Flemish textile company in Colchester. In 1848 he married Julianna Roope. He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1856 and also exhibited at the British Institute and the Royal Society of British Artists.
Ladell specialised in still life paintings in the Dutch tradition and was highly successful, earning many commissions and commanding high prices for his work. He became one of the best known still life painters of his generation.
During the late 1860’s, after the death of his first wife and child he began teaching art. One of his pupils was Ellen Maria Levett who he later married in 1878 and together they had a son. The couple moved to Exeter, Devon where he set up a studio. He continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy as well as at the provincial galleries in the South West. He died on November 9, 1886.
Examples of his works can be found at the Colchester Museum, Croydon Museum, Reading Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Rochdale Museum, Rye Art Gallery and Sheffield Museum.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||13.5 inches x 11.75 inches (34.5cm x 30cm)|
|Framed Size||20.75 inches x 19 inches (53cm x 48cm)|