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|Nom de l'objet :||painting|
|Titre :||The Gondola|
|Artiste ou artisan :||Flower, Anthony|
|Catégorie de l'objet :||Communication Artifacts|
|Sous-catégorie de l'objet :||Documentary Artifact|
|Numéro d'accession :||2010.134|
|Province d'origine :||New Brunswick|
|Pays d'origine :||Canada|
|Province d'utilisation :||New Brunswick|
|Pays d'utilisation :||Canada|
|Date de fin de production :||1830|
|Commentaires :||For many years this work was believed to be a Flower family member, however this painting by Anthony Flower (1792-1875) was inspired by an illustration called The Gondola, from Finden's Gallery of the Graces: A Series of Portrait Illustrations of British Poets;From Paintings Designed Expressly for This Work by the Most Eminent British Artists by William Finden, published by Charles Tilt, Fleet Street, London, 1834. The original painting was by G. Brown and engraved by William Henry Mote (1803-1871) for the book of poetry. Anthony Flower either had a copy of the book of poetry or at least had access to it since another painting, in another museum collection, is also from the book. Stands to reason, don't most artists like poetry? This work remained in the Flower family until sent to Australia by James Flower in the 1980s to descendants of one of Anthony Flower's half sisters who ended up in Australia. Anthony Flower, who is taking his place as one of Canada's preeminent pre-Confederation painters, was born to Cornelius Flower (1760-1828) and Margaret Nicholson Flower (no date) on 4 March 1792 in the Ratcliff-Wapping area of Middlesex County, a part of London, England near the River Thames. Anthony Flower had two sisters, Mary and Martha, and several half-siblings who were born to Eliza Ann Ball Flower, Cornelius Flower's second wife whom he married after the death of his wife Margaret. In 1808, Cornelius Flower moved his family to Little Heath Great Farm in Hertfordshire, England, near the village of Berkhamsted. Anthony Flower lived with his family at Little Heath Great Farm until immigrating to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1817 aboard his father's ship, the Trent. By 1818, Anthony Flower had bought from John Clark a 200 acre plot of land on the shores of the Washademoak Lake in MacDonald's Corner, New Brunswick. On this land, Flower built his frame house, which is now the Anthony Flower House Museum in Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, and developed his homestead. He married Mary Green Flower (1794-1867) on 4 July 1820, and together they raised four children: Cornelius (1822-1890), Margaret (1825-1894), James (1829-1918), and Mary (1835-1922). Anthony Flower lived, farmed, and painted at MacDonald's Corner until his death on 9 December 1875, and he is buried with his wife Mary in the MacDonald's Corner Baptist Church Cemetery. Their house and land remained in the possession of their descendants until 2002 when the contents, including many paintings, were put up for auction. The house was then acquired by the Queens County Historical Society. There is no evidence to suggest that Anthony Flower ever sold a painting, and most Flower paintings have been found in the possession of Anthony Flower's descendants or in the possession of the descendants of Flower's friends and relatives.|
|Unité de mesure linéaire :||cm|
|Signature :||applied l.r., A. FlOWER.1830|
|Établissement :||Queens County Heritage|
|Ville de l'établissement :||Gagetown|
|Province de l'établissement :||New Brunswick|
|Site web de l'établissement :||http://www.queenscountyheritage.com/ Facebook-Queens County Heritage Twitter-Queens County Heritage|
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