English, 1887–1935). Molly in the Garden, 1930. Oil on panel, 21.5 x 14.5 in. Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, U.K.
Museum text: “Molly is one of the artist’s three daughters. Symons was a devout Catholic and his paintings of gardens often contain religious symbolism. He saw them as places of sanctuary and peace like churches. Here, Molly sits in a rubble-strewn garden where flowers still manage to push their way through. Symons may be illustrating how she is flourishing despite some family problems.”