A woman in white walks towards the right of the painting. White, long stemmed lilies dominate the foreground and up the left side of the image, effectively framing the woman.

A Convent Garden Canvas Print

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Leech convalesced from typhoid in Concarneau, in a hospital run by the Sisters of the Holy Ghost, whose garden was the setting for this luminous picture. The model for the novice is Elizabeth Saurine, the artist's first wife. She glides past the viewer attired in a white lace habit, symbolic of her becoming a bride of Christ. Its delicate shades reflect the colours of the leaves and petals of the lilies, a symbol of purity.


National Gallery of Ireland Canvas Prints feel like having the real painting on your wall. Printed on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas using ultra chrome HDR pigment inks, our canvas prints come rolled in a protective tube with the painting's information.

In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the canvas should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its harmful UV rays.


Dimensions (including border) : 55 cm x 70 cm

Dimensions of image: 41 cm x 52 cm


Original Painting Information

William John Leech, Irish, 1881-1968

A Convent Garden, Brittany, c.1913

Oil on canvas, 132 x 106 cm

Presented, Mrs M. Botterell, 1952


© The Artist's Estate

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