This is a copy of a painting by D H Burles dating from about 1904. This copy was e-mailed to me from Australia in 2009 by the painter's grandson, David, who had an interesting story to tell as follows:
In 1994, Valerie, a lady friend of David's had just returned from a business trip to the UK when she went to visit him in Australia. She was bowled over when she went into his office at home and saw this painting hanging on the wall. Then, without saying any more than "you will not believe this", she walked out of the room to come back later with a colour photo taken of herself outside the Queen's Head two weeks earlier.
Soon afterwards David and Valerie were married and David says it is the best thing either of them have ever done. He wonders whether his grandfather, whom he refers to as "the old boy" had a helping hand in the match.
[D H Burles was a well-known architect living in Southend in the 19th and 20th centuries where he designed many private and commercial buildings. He was born in a pub and obviously enjoyed painting watercolours of them. His other great love was ecclesiastical architecture and he painted watercolours of churches in and around Southend. Information from Mr Burles's obituary]
Added by Pauline Raymond (01424 870508) 22/04/2009