Ernest Arthur Rowe

Victorian garden painter

Ernest Arthur Rowe was one of a small group of Victorian artists who specialised in painting the great formal gardens of England, Scotland and Ireland during the latter half of the nineteenth century. He captured in watercolours many famous gardens at the height of summer when their clipped hedges were lush and verdant, and their borders were overflowing with blooms of vibrant colour. While the owners of these gardens strove for perfection on their canvasses of soil and stone, Rowe represented their vision with his considered employment of light and shade. In doing so he left lasting images of perfection - something that no gardener could ever hope to achieve.