George Carline was a painter of portraits, figurative and genre scenes. He worked in oils, watercolours painting landscapes and portraits. This charming watercolour may have been exhibited at the Dowdeswell Gallery exhibition,bearing in mind its title. Watercolour, signed and dated 1895, inscribed on reverse with title. Exhibited at the RA in 1895 no. 935 , 25ins x 17ins, in frame 33ins x 25ins The sitter for this watercolour is his daughter Hilda, who was Stanley Spencer's first wife.
George Carline was the father of Hilda, Richard and Sydney Carline, all artists. Hilda who married Stanley Spencer, another artist. his watercolour is of Hilda Carline aged 6 and was exhibited at The Rowal Academy in 1895. George Carline often painted Hilda, who in later life became mentally ill. Carline held an exhibition of his works in 1896 at the Dowdeswell gallery in London where he exhibited 59 works, under the title "The Home of our English Wild Flowers". Carline's two sons were both War Artists, Richard was in Palestine while Sydney William was with the RAF. He was the first artist to paint the trench's from the air.