The original painting of Boy with Bubbles was painted by Sir John Everett Millais, 1886. The boy in the painting was his 5 year old grandson, William Bourne James, who later became an Admiral in the Royal Navy. This painting was painted by A. Archibald in 1902. It was painted in his fashion and marked copy on the back. Later, the original painting was altered by the addition of a bar of Pears Soap, so it could be used for advertising.

The original painting has a rather dark meaning about life and death. But to me, it represents a little boy passing his time blowing soap bubbles. A charming reminder of youth, imagination and play.

The frame is old; see photos for condition. The painting is oil on board. The frame measures 28" by 21". The painting measures 23 1/2" by 16 1/2".


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Antique Boy with Bubbles Painting Framed 1902 A. Archibald Painted In His Fashion

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