Beatrice Parsons

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‘The Goldfish Bowl’
Signed & dated ’94
Oil on canvas 16” x 8″

Beatrice Parsons
British 1869-1955

Usually better known for her paintings of the flower gardens of England, Beatrice Parsons studied at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited at the Royal Academy 1889-1899.

Her painting ‘The Goldfish Bowl’ is one of her few genre paintings and depicts a young blue-eyed girl, hands behind her back, innocently gazing at the hanging glass goldfish bowl. The setting is an elegant late Victorian parlour, with a tiled floor, draped wall hangings, a silk cushion, leaves of a potted aspidistra and roses on a chair.

It was around 1900 that Beatrice Parsons began to paint garden scenes and in 1904, her first one-woman exhibition at the Dowdeswell Gallery was a near sell-out, securing her career as a professional artist.  She painted in England, Europe and Africa, recording the gardens of grand country houses alongside those of suburban homes in the London area.

Beatrice Parsons lived in Oxhey, Hertfordshire, where she had her studio and her family is commemorated in St. Matthew’s Church, Oxhey by a Nativity window designed by her brother Karl.

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