George Oakes

Preparatory Drawing for a Cushion

20th Century

With tulip and auricula sprays. Within a giltwood frame. Signed ‘George Oakes’ lower right.

FramedHeight: 18 3/4” x Width: 20 3/4” Paper Height: 15 3/4” x Width: 17”


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.