Edwardian garden setting with wild bird portraits based on Edith Blackwell Holden illustrations combined with a poem by Norman Rowland Gale. Custom designed decorative kitchen backsplash tile mural.
Design based on illustrations of British artist Edith Blackwell Holden from her book “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”.
Wild birds featured are young, juvenile Robins, Willow warbler feeding her chicks and Song thrush in nest with her chicks.
Flowering plants in the painting are: Hazelnut catkins with male flowers, Foxglove, Dog Roses and Creeping Plume Thistle.
Hand painted on 6 inch ceramic tiles.
Dimensions are: 36 inches wide x 24 inches high.
The poem in the painting is an excerpt from “A Creed” taken from “A Country Muse” by writer and poet Norman Rowland Gale and reads:
“How sweet the hedge that hides a cunning nest,
And curtains off a patient, bright eyed thrush
With five small worlds beneath her mottled breast!
Though life is growing nearer day by day
Each globe she loves as yet is mute, and still
Her bosom’s beauty slowly wears away.
At last the thin blue veils are backward furled,
Existence wakes and pipes into a bird
As infant music bursts into the world.
And now the mother thrush is proud and gay;
She has her pretty cottage and her young
To feed and lull when western skies turn grey.”