Facts about the painting

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

History of the painting

Date Auctioneer Lot Offer Price Sale Price
29 Oct 2003 Not known   Not known Not known

Other observations

Very few of Harry Brooker's paintings featured solely boys. This is only of only three known and only one of two featuring five boys. "The Young Anglers 1887" is about three boys on a fishing trip and "The Captive 1893" has a military theme like this painting and features five boys. It was far more usual for Harry to include a girl to the edge of the main scene when painting a scene about a primarily male activity. See both "On Parade", "Blind Mans Buff 1898", "The Shipbuilders 1901" and "The Game of Cricket 1904" as examples of this.

The straw boater hat was seen earlier in "Oranges and Lemons 1890" and quite a few other paintings painted around this time.

Oswald (now 12) is probably directing Edgar (now 11) to be brought forward for a hearing by Edwin (now aged 8) and another younger boy, probably not Charles. Another visitor to the house is present as a sentry in the background.

The small earthenware jug, hanging from the wall shelf, features in a number of other paintings including "The Young Dressmakers 1983" however note that in that painting it is not the jug hanging from the wall shelf but standing on the top of the wardrobe!