19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas

19th century Victorian genre painting; a portrait of three children playing "feed the baby" with a reluctant dog; oil on canvas; indistinctly signed lower right; in a period, probably original, gilt wood and composition frame; 80 x 60cm (31.5 x 23.5ins) sight (visible painting) size;107 x 87cm (42 x 34ins) overall frame size.

This charming, amusing and quintessentially Victorian genre painting, clearly painted by a highly gifted hand, tells its story by deftly capturing the expressions of its subjects. The three children have clearly been playing feed the baby with a doll, which can be seen still bearing traces of the concoction on its face, when along comes a more animated subject - the dog. Its anguish is clear as it stares beseechingly out of the canvas and the expressions of the children are just as cleverly portrayed – the concentration of the rather Alice-like girl (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865), the mischief of the boy as he holds the dog still while admonishing it to behave; the intentness and perhaps slight jealousy of the little girl, whose doll is no longer the centre of attention.

Research is ongoing to try to ascribe or attribute this work to a particular artist. The signature, which is undoubtedly contemporary with the painting, is unfortunately indistinct.

CONDITION: As a whole this work is in particularly fine condition for its age. The canvas has not been lined and is undamaged with the tiny exception of one pin-prick hole that can only be seen with a bright light placed behind the painting. The painting has been cleaned by a professional conservator. A detailed inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a few scattered small spots of retouching but no over-painting. The frame looks to have been restored in one corner and there is one very small, unobtrusive chip in the gilding which could easily be re-touched.

PLEASE NOTE: We have been commissioned to sell this painting on behalf of a private client, who has undertaken to provide the same guarantees as ours (see below). In turn, we guarantee the client's guarantees (so this painting is effectively doubly guaranteed).

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Item ID: RL-6010


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19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas

19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas
19th Century Victorian Genre Painting Children & Dog Oil on Canvas

19th century Victorian genre painting; a portrait of three children playing "feed the baby" with a reluctant dog; oil on canvas; indistinctly signed lower right; in a period, probably original, gilt wood and composition frame; 80 x 60cm (31.5 x 23.5ins) sight (visible painting) size;107 x 87cm (42 x 34ins) overall frame size.

This charming, amusing and quintessentially Victorian genre painting, clearly painted by a highly gifted hand, tells its story by deftly capturing the expressions of its subjects. The three children have clearly been playing feed the baby with a doll, which can be seen still bearing traces of the concoction on its face, when along comes a more animated subject - the dog. Its anguish is clear as it stares beseechingly out of the canvas and the expressions of the children are just as cleverly portrayed – the concentration of the rather Alice-like girl (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865), the mischief of the boy as he holds the dog still while admonishing it to behave; the intentness and perhaps slight jealousy of the little girl, whose doll is no longer the centre of attention.

Research is ongoing to try to ascribe or attribute this work to a particular artist. The signature, which is undoubtedly contemporary with the painting, is unfortunately indistinct.

CONDITION: As a whole this work is in particularly fine condition for its age. The canvas has not been lined and is undamaged with the tiny exception of one pin-prick hole that can only be seen with a bright light placed behind the painting. The painting has been cleaned by a professional conservator. A detailed inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a few scattered small spots of retouching but no over-painting. The frame looks to have been restored in one corner and there is one very small, unobtrusive chip in the gilding which could easily be re-touched.

PLEASE NOTE: We have been commissioned to sell this painting on behalf of a private client, who has undertaken to provide the same guarantees as ours (see below). In turn, we guarantee the client's guarantees (so this painting is effectively doubly guaranteed).

14 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Should you buy something from us with which you are not fully satisfied, you may return it for a full refund of the price you paid, including shipping. The only conditions are firstly that you must return it in the same condition as that in which you received it, and secondly that you must notify us of your intention to return it within 14 days from the date you received it (this does not affect your statutory rights and longer periods may be agreed in writing, if required).

2 YEAR AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEE: We completely guarantee our items are authentic as described and should expert appraisal doubt the authenticity of something we have sold, we will help arrange for its return and will refund the purchase price including shipping costs, there and back. The only conditions are that evidence of such opinion from a recognised authority must be provided to us within 24 months from date of purchase and you must return the item in the same condition as that in which you received it.

DELIVERY / SHIPPING GUARANTEE: We always pack extremely carefully, use only reputable carriers and are experts at shipping very fragile items worldwide. However, if something does arrive damaged, we will help you to arrange its return and we will refund the purchase price and shipping costs, there and back. Likewise, if something we send you fails to arrive within 21 days of the expected delivery time, we will refund your payment in full.

Item ID: RL-6010


INSURED INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING for this item is free or subsidized, see 'Shipping Info'. For our COMPREHENSIVE GUARANTEES, see 'Terms of Sale'. NO IMPORT DUTY for original art in most countries. To EMAIL US, use 'Email Shop' button top right of page.

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