PROVENANCE: William Graham Esq. of 44 Grosvenor Square, London; Sold by his executors, Christie's, 2 April 1886, lot 161, bought by the Waller family, and thence by descent
EXHIBITED: Possibly Royal Scottish Academy, 1855, no. 246 Flower Girl
LITERATURE: Oliver Garnett, 'The Letters and Collection of William Graham- Pre-Raphaelite Patron and Pre-Raphaelite Collector', in The Walpole Society, 2000, p. 294
Gale’s early work was in the Pre-Raphaelite manner, painted on panels prepared with a white ground in brilliant pigments. A comparable example, The Confidant of 1857, is in the Tate collection. Flower Girl was one of two pictures by Gale owned by the great Pre-Raphaelite and Old Master collector, William Graham, and was probably exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1855.