8 November 1996
Fascinated by your sincerity and beauty, I love you dearly, let marriage unite us, thus speak these flowers.
These flowers say Love always and Labour diligently.
Albert Durer Lucas (1828-1918)
Engagement; and Matrimony
one signed 'A D Lucas' (lower left), inscribed 'Fascinated by/your sincerity and/beauty, I love you dearly. Let/marriage unite us/thus speak these flowers' (on a curled letter on the marble ledge) and dated '1873' (lower right);the other signed 'A.D. Lucas' (lower left), inscribed 'these flowers/say/Love always and/Labour diligently' (on a letter on the marble ledge) and dated '1873' (lower right), and further signed and inscribed 'No. 2 Matrimony A.D.Lucas, 10.10/Chilworth/Romsey/Hants' (on the stretcher)
oil on board, and oil on canvas
16¼ x 12 in. (41 x 35 cm.)
a pair (2)
Boydell Galleries, Norfolk.
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