Facts about the painting

Size 24" x 20"
Format Oil on Canvas
Signature Lower Left
Frame Not known

History of the painting

Date Auctioneer Lot Offer Price Sale Price
15 Jun 1984 Sotheby's Sussex 2229 £500-£700 £1,400
13 Dec 1984 Sotheby's London 183 £1,200-£1,800 Not sold
14 Feb 1986 Christie's London 200 £1,000-£1,500 Not sold
18 Mar 1987 Sotheby's London 146 £1,500-£2,500 £1,700

Other observations

This is the last known of a series of at least seven paintings of the same size and orientation, painted between 1883 and 1887.

It is also one of only four paintings set in the countryside.

The children (all boys) are probably Edgar (now aged 8), Oswald (now aged 7) and Edwin (now aged 4). But might alternatively be Oswald (or Edgar), Edwin and Charles (aged 2).