Lionel Percy Smythe, 'Under the Greenwood Tree'

Lionel Percy Smythe, 'Under the Greenwood Tree'

Lionel Percy Smythe (1839-1918)
'Under the Greenwood Tree'
1902
Watercolour
Museum no. P.5-1919
Given by a member of the Walpole Society in memory of the glorious Battle of Jutland

This watercolour was probably inspired by the Thomas Hardy novel of the same name, published in 1872. Hardy claimed that his purpose was 'to preserve for my own satisfaction a fairly true record of a vanishing life', but in fact his book is a sentimental rendering of rural life.