This is quite a charming Victorian Watercolor...depicting a young boy fastening the girl's skates...signed on the bottom right: "O Rohn 85".
The Victorian Walnut Frame with gold gilt liner is approx. 31" high by 23.5"wide....with glass protecting the watercolor...rematted with two color mats to pick up some of the colors in the scene...the sight size is approx. 22"high by 14"wide. (you might see some glare in the photos from the glass)
The young boy is kneeling down on the grass in front of the curb to tie her skates. He is wearing a suit jacket, but is still young enough to be wearing "Knee Breeches"...with dark stockings below the knee down to black high button shoes. He is also wearing a Bowler type hat, and has very closely cut hair...his face, hands and fingers are very well defined.
The young girl is holding onto a slim tree trunk to steady herself, and is wearing a lace edged white apron over a brown and white striped dress with lace cuffs and collar...she wears a gold bar pin on the collar and a multicolored flower posey on her apron shoulder. She also wears dark stockings down to high button black shoes..you can see that the Skates have wooden wheels. In her left hand she holds the boy's skates. On her head she sports a straw hat with a flower, over her long curly locks. She has blue eyes, and on her right hand she wears a green stone ring on the middle finger (which was popular during the Victorian Period).
Behind the children there is a fancy wrought iron gate and fence,with steps going up into a lush green garden. The steps, sidewalk and curb appear to be either slabs of cut stone or possibly concrete?..the ground below the curb appears to be earth with some grass growing at the edge, so the roadbed itself is still dirt!
The details of this watercolor are quite finely executed..the condition is very good but for a very slight scratch below her skate in the grass, and at one time there was some "browning" from a wood backing that appears on her apron (but almost appears to be a planned striping)...we had the piece rematted and back with acid free papers...it has been in our collection for over 30 years, purchased from an upstate NY estate.
A beautiful and very charming watercolor for your collection..would look great in a child's Victorian bedroom....
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