The Edge of a Wood

LL 3727


Lever purchased this painting and 'Windsor Great Park' (LL 3568) as a pair, and they both seem generally characteristic of Stark’s Windsor period of 1840 – 1850. On both canvases there is an unpainted strip at the bottom. 'Windsor Great Park' also has an unpainted strip of 2cm, corresponding with the arched shape of the frame at the top. This suggests that although the two works were sold to Lever as a pair, they were not originally intended as such. It seems likely that 'Windsor Great Park' was started on a slightly larger canvas, and was left unfinished in order that the two works could be marketed as companions. This idea is supported by the inclusion of a female figure in a red outfit with a black bonnet in both pictures.