'On the wash near Pisa' signed and titled 'Mrs Arthur Murch' (on an artist's label attached to the frame verso) oil on board 21.6 x 66cm (8 1/2 x 26in).
Artist or Maker
Edith Edenborough was born in New South Wales, Australia, and moved to Rome with her first husband, the Victorian painter and engraver, Arthur Murch. It was in Italy at this period that the recently married Edith Murch painted with Giovanni Costa (1826-1903), the great friend and associate of Frederic Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and the father figure of the Etruscans, a group of en plein air influenced painters active in Tuscany during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Following the death of her first husband Edith married Matthew Ridley Corbet (1850-1902), a neoclassical painter associated with the Etruscans. Edith Corbet exhibited widely at the New Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery and the Royal Academy and the present lot represents a particularly charming example of the artists' oeuvre.