Facts about the painting

Size 28" x 36"
Format Oil on Canvas
Signature Lower Left (Floorboards)
Frame Not known

History of the painting

At some point this painting was owned by Haynes Fine Art.

Other observations

Harry painted three paintings featuring the game of draughts and another three featuring playing cards. This is the only painting about playing draughts that we have a colour image of.

The game is between Ruth (now aged 12) and Edwin (now aged 11), with Oswald and a girl looking on. The unknown girl may well be the friend of Oswald (or of Ruth) that Harry painted in "The Great Performance 1890" and "Kitty's Tea Party 1892". Charles is warming himself close to the fire.

The large earthenware jug under the table is also a firm favourite featuring in at least 12 of Harry Brooker's paintings