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Ladell was a still life painter who lived in Colchester, Essex. He went
on to exhibit his work at the Royal Academy from 1856-86, the British
Institution and Suffolk Street. Ladell’s pictures are always easily
recognizable, as he used the same props in most of his paintings, such
as a bird’s nest, a casket or carved mug.
Although Ladell is now very popular, and his work frequently
comes on the market, practically nothing is known of his life. He is in
fact regarded as the finest Victorian still life painter.
His wife, Ellen Ladell, worked from 1856 -1898, she also painted in
a style almost identical to her husband’s. She usually signed with her
full name, whereas Edward used the EL monogram back to back.
Provenance: Egyptian Royal Family.
Literature: Featured in the book Edward Ladell 1821-1886 by Frank Lewis
Works in Galleries: Sheffield; Reading; Rochdale; Mercier Gallery Harrogate; Exeter City Council; Colchester Borough Council
Bibl: Edward Ladell – Frank Lewis
Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood
British Artists 1880 - 1940
Trinity House-Fine Art Consultants, http://www.trinityhousepaintings.com/Ladell-Edward-DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=45&tabindex=44&artistid=69386
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