Collection Online
Southwold, Suffolk
oil on canvas
48.6 × 89.2 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Edwards, 1905
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Remained with the artist until his death, 1879; by descent to his widow, until 1905; by whom donated to the NGV, 1905.

The freshness and vividness – what was described at the time as the virtually photographic realism – of Edwin Edwards’s etched and painted studies of the English coast owed much to a special glasshouse that he had constructed. Within this glass box he was able to paint ‘outdoors’ all year round, even in the snowy depths of winter, while Mrs Edwards constantly wiped the condensation from the transparent walls.