Highlighting the plight of the poorly paid and overworked seamstresses of the period. Notice the symbolism of the dead candle, and the clock showing 7am - implying the girls have worked through the night.
Charles Hunt senior rather specialised in these play scenes using children as the actors. He seems to have painted several versions of this scene, one dated 1868 and somewhat larger is in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.
exhibited at the Universal Exhibition, Paris in 1867
1829 - 1877.
Landscape painter, son of (Rev.) Thomas Raven (a watercolourist). Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere, iften views of Sussex, Wales and Scotland. Visited Switzerland and Italy. Self taught. Influenced by Crome, Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites. Lived in london from 1871 till his early death (drowning whilst bathing in Harlech). His younger sister married Henry Holiday another artist influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. His brother-in-law records that Holman Hunt held this artist in high esteem.
It has been speculated that this was painted in or near Cobham in Kent. A label on the back calls it The Crops Green, the work shown at the Paris Exhibition. The artist seems to have changed the title later.
Liverpool landscape painter and watercolourist. Studied at Oxford where he won a prize as a poet. He was a Master there and married in 1861. Associate of the Liverpool Academy and exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and his watercolours were praised by Ruskin. Painted in Scotland, Lake District and the Thames Valley but was particularly fond of North Wales and Whitby. Travelled in France.
His daughter, Violet Hunt, wrote a book on Rossetti.
[My First Pantomime, when my Grandfather took us Children to Sadler's Wells] 1820 [My Last Pantomime, when I took my Grandchildren to Covent Garden] 1880 both oil on canvas
1846 - 1896. London genre painter, mainly featuring children and domestic scenes. Studied under Leon Bonnat in Paris, working in London and at Cullercoats (coast of Northumberland). Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere and also worked as an illustrator for Punch and the Illustrated News, often connected with the works of Dickens. He was the son of a Silversmith. Admired by Van Gough (during his stay in London). Married Alice Faraday (niece of the famous Scientist) and in the 1880's they lived as part of a colony of artists at Broadway in the Cotswolds. John Singer Sargent painted a portrait of his wife and the daughters are the models for Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.
These pictures were first owned by Sir Henry Irving who Barnard almost certainly knew.
Not mentioned by Christopher Wood. The son of Rev. Francis Cary, assistant keeper of printed books at the ritish Museum. Through his father he met the literary fifures of his time like Charles and Mary Lamb.He travelled abroad and took over Sass's Academy in 1842 which was renamed Carey's. His pupils included Millais and Rossetti. He continued to paint and exhibited at the RA, genre, historical, literary and religious subjects.
illustrating the Clerk's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales where Lord Walter, an Italian Nobleman takes the Shepherd girl Griseldaas his wife.
1859 - 1940.
Best known as an illustrator but also painted figurative subjects and exhibited at the RA and eksewhere. Lived near Petersfield, Hampshire. Rustic scenes and landscapes are known. This was painted when he was only 23.
Based in London and painted genre, figurative, portraits, landscapes, sporting and historical subjects. Lived in America, studied in Paris, coming to London in 1862. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Well painted but often considered over-sentimental today. Painted a lot of Breton subjects and was connected to Van Gough who he very much admired and may have met Gauguin.
[The Escape of Glaucus and Ione, with the blind girl Nydia from Pompeii] 1860
oil on canvas
Illustrating the closing chapters od Bulwer-Lytton's famous novel The Last Days of Pompeii (1834).
1810 - 1879.
A popular painter of historical subjects (he dealt with Pompeii several times), born in Bristol. Son of a grocer and self-taught. Exhibited at the RA. Some of his work is ordinary but Ruskin praised his better works. There was often a supernatural element in his works. His life story is very interesting.
[Paolo and Francesca] oil on canvas exhibited 1888 73.5 x 48 3/4" exhibited London, New Gallery 1888
1846 - 1919. Born in Paris, the son of (Sir) Charles Halle, the pianist and conductor. He came to England about 1848 (French Revolution) and was taught by Richard Doyle and Baron Marochetti and went to the RA Schools. At 16 he spent a year in Paris and after health problems travelled in Italy. Back in London he met Rossetti and Burne-Jones and with Joseph Comyns helped found the Grovesnor Gallery with Sir Courts Lindsay which became the flagship of the Aesthetic Movement. But after much controversy he withdrew and with the help of Burne-Jones (and Carr) founded the New Gallery in Regent Street in 1888. He painted all this time.
Thje painting is based on the story of Francesca da Rimini and Paolo Malatesta, the brother and sister-in-law who fell in love and were murdered by Francesca's outraged husband c. 1285.
[A Letter from Home] oil on board inscribed 'No. 1/"A letter from Home"/30 Guineas/Peter Paul/London' on an old label on the reverse. 14 x 10" 1830 - 1900. Marshall was a partner in the firm of 'Fine Art Workmen', Morris, Marshall, Faulkener & Co. Known as a hearty, extrovert, likeable character, he was born in Edinburgh but spent his early life in Liverpool. His profession was as a surveyor and sanitary engineer but he learnt to paint in his spare time and exhibited at the Liverpool Academy. He was influenced (clearly here) by the Pre-Raphaelites and married the daughter of John Miller, a Liverpool Merchant, settling in London in 1861 and becoming a partner in the Morris firm. His close friend was Ford Madox Brown. It is thought the sitter was a Governess and the black edges to the letter suggest a death. Notice also the Lily behind her. http://www.morrissociety.org/JWMS/AU96.12.1.Gibeling.pdf http://www.artnet.com/artist/578845/peter-paul-marshall.html
[Home] 1869 oil on canvas 9 1/4 x 7 1/4" fl. 1869 - 1891 London painter of genre subjects who exhibited at the RA (six pictures from 1878 - 80)and elsewhere. He lived in Adelaide Road, NW London before moving to Hampstead Hill. The Gardener's Daughter shows the influence of D G Rossetti who he may have known, though he is not the same (though they may be related as they lived nearby in London) as the originally Liverpool Pre-Raph artist by the same name.
Sold at Christie's in 1992. Until then it had remained largely unnoticed in the sitter's family. Lady Sybil Myra Caroline Primrose was the eldest child of Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rochester and his wife Hannah.
There is a full story on this important picture in the Christie's catalogue of 13 Mar 1992.