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Caroline Vernon fl. 1829-1868 A Lady’s Leisure, a pictorial diary This delightful collection of watercolours illustrates the social grace and skills that were part of everyday life for the Victorian Lady. The artist’s depiction of her travels serve as a pictorial diary of a lavish age in which fashion and decoration are combined, providing a personal insight into daily life of the well to do. The opulent interiors of both the artist’s home in Farming Woods, Northamptonshire and other distinguished homes, serve not only as an anecdotal record of the people and how they lived, but also provide a contemporary record of what would have been modern design, showing furniture, picture and textiles. The interiors are perhaps the most enlightening subjects, particularly, in the houses subsequently demolished such as Teddesley, Staffordshire. Caroline Vernon nee Fazakerley married the Hon. Gowran Charles Vernon who was a barrister at law and recorder at Lincoln. He was the son of Robert Vernon Smith, 1st Baron Lyvedon of Lyvedon. The artist’s privileged background undoubtedly afforded her ample time to refine her painting technique. Her eclectic choice of subjects that range from the grand houses and fashionable destinations provided her with endless opportunities of interesting and varied subjects. Her work has a softness of touch, which she combines with a naive charm that is very personal. Unmistakably feminine, her eye for detail elevates her above that of talented amateur, a label, so often given to this school of artists that developed from a privileged upbringing.

Front cover: Little Cassiobury, June 16, 1863 (detail) Left: Moor Park, April 9th


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Opposite: 70 Country House Exterior


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Back cover: Country Lane (detail)


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A Set of four portrait studies A Pair of Country House Interiors A Pair of Country House Interiors A set of six scenes from Bognor Pair of Studies for a Portrait of a little boy, after Joshua Reynolds The Hall of Arms and the Chapel The Library and the Breakfast Room Pair of views from the Verandah Indoor pursuits Two Views of Farming Woods, October 1856 Two views of Fulbourn, July 1863 Country House Exterior with mountains in the distance In the Garden with a birdcage Country House Exterior, June 30, 1858 Summer Country House Exterior Country Lane Country House Hospital Little Cassiobury, June 16, 1863 Picnic in the grounds  Reading in the grounds of a country house Exterior of 11 High Street, Windsor In the front garden In the garden of Culver Cottage 6 Montagu Street, June 1854 In the Garden By the Hearth in the Drawing Room In the Great Hall Moor Park, April 9th Farming Woods, August 4th 1857 After Breakfast Hockwold, Nov. 2 1865 Houghton, Oct. 1857 Teddesley, July 9th 1853 Study of two little girls Pen and ink drawing of a landscape View from the Kentian Temple Pen and ink drawing of a fishing party Two girls reading Three ladies reading (one unfinished) Portrait of a lady, after Lely Four ladies reading under a tree Roslin Chapel, August 6th, 1853 Landscape after Richard Wilson, Broom House September 2nd Ashnault 1827 A.D. 1744 - study of 17th century dress White Cliffs Sailing on the loch with a castle in the distance Place Vendôme, September 1849 Two ladies (one unfinished) - Hazlewood, August 14th Loch Maben, September 2nd, 1868 View of Malvern After dinner Inside the glasshouse Tudor House Exterior View from the hilltop garden

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