Facts about the painting

Size 27½" x 25½ "
Format Oil on Canvas
Frame Not known

History of the painting

Date Auctioneer Lot Offer Price Sale Price
25 May 1979 Christie's London 131 Not known £7000 as a pair with Busy Hours

Other observations

This painting also features all five of the children. Edgar (now aged 8) is cutting the hair of Charles (age 2). Ruth (aged 5) is sitting holding a doll at the side with Oswald (now aged 7) talking to Edwin (age 4) behind her.

A barrel is featured to the rear of the painting and it is known that Harry's father Henry was a cooper by trade. Barrels or sections of them feature in several paintings. The ring on the floor in front of Edgar may also be part of a barrel.

It is quite possible that this painting and Busy Hours were sold together and have remained as a set ever since.