(Enlarged Photo)

'Moonrise' by William S. Rose (1810-73)

This charming little oil was painted by the distinguished Kentish artist, William Rose, to commemorate the first birthday of his niece, Adelaide Hubberty. It depicts the, then, village church of St Mary Cray c.1855, which still stands today in slightly less bucolic surroundings. Rose's tasteful, evocative, almost Constable-like oils, were exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1845-75 and nearly always depicted rural life in his native Kent - he lived at St Mary Cray and Edenbridge.

The verso bears the charming inscription by the artist:

"This little sketch the Village Church of St Mary Cray at moon rise. Presented to my dear little niece Adelaide Elizabeth Hubberty on attaining her first birthday. October 2nd 1855".

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