George Oakes

Pair of Octagonal Watercolors of Tulips

20th Century

One with pink striped tulip; the other with purple-striped parrot tulips. Both within original Colefax & Fowler black octagonal frames decorated with gold stars. Each signed with G.O. monogram.

FramedHeight: 20 3/16" x Width: 20 3/16”


George Oakes

George Oakes (1927–2017) was a decorative artist renowned for his work for the hallowed British interiors firm Colefax & Fowler. Following studies at Saint Martin's School of Art, he joined the firm in 1956 as a freelance artist. As John Fowler’s right-hand man, George would add his signature decorative embellishment—trailing botanicals, trompe l’oeil architectural motifs, fantastical vistas—to interiors including Colefax & Fowler owner Nancy Lancaster's Haseley Court, Chiswick House, and Buckingham Palace.