The painting shows plants on a sunny window sill, in a palette of soft pinks, mauves, blues and greens.
The Window by William Ratcliffe, 1913
© Estate of the artist
- Oil on canvas
- 50.8 x 40.7 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,747 ( Total: £12,000)
- Acquired in:
- Jeff Horwood
It is a very decorative work, reflecting Ratcliffe's earlier career as a wallpaper designer. The work was painted in Letchworth and speaks of the ideals of the fledgling Garden City: pure air, wild flowers and sunshine.
Lewis Falk Ltd, Letchworth by 1954; Fine Art Society Ltd by 1976; Anthony d'Offay by 1979; Jeff Horwood family collection.