After originally learning her craft under May Morris's embroidery workshop at Kelmscott House, Oxfordshire, in the late 1880s, Lily along with her sister Lolly played a central role in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement in Ireland at Dun Emer and later Cuala Press. Her designs were sometime influenced by her brother Jack's Broadside manner in their bold outline. They show a strong feeling for form, evident in the present examples, which also show her aptitude for stitching, employing different knots and clever spacing to bring depth and texture to her work.
Each work appears in good overall condition. The scene with the gate in the background is a little dirty and may benefit from cleaning. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."