Facts about the painting

Size 27½" x 35½ "
Format Oil on Canvas
Signature Yes
Frame Highly Ornate Bronze Coloured

History of the painting

Date Auctioneer Lot Offer Price Sale Price
30 May 2003 Aspire Auctions (Internet)   $10,000-$20,000 $29,325

This was the first known auction of a Harry Brooker on the Internet, and at the time of writing the only known successful Internet auction of a Harry Brooker painting. Several have been placed unsuccessfully on eBay since this but have not sold.

Other observations

This is an exquisite painting of Ruth painting at a table closely watched by Elsie and Oswald. Edwin and Charles are also painting on some paper on the floor (but I can't make out in this case, who is who). Given Harry's occupation as an artist, it is perhaps not surprising to se his children painting but what is more surprising is that this is the only painting of children painting.

The green table cloth and the large jug (under the table) are frequent objects in many of Harry's paintings.