Facts about the painting

Size 28" x 36"
Format Oil on Canvas
Signature None visible
Frame Not known

History of the painting

There are no auction records for this painting.

It has been available in the past as a print from Rosenthiel

Other observations

This appears to be the last of Harry's paintings with all of their five children. Edgar (now 18) and Oswald (now 17) are busy making something (possibly a red model yacht) using a wooden trunk as a workbench. Ruth (now 15) is keenly watching these two at work whilst Edwin (now 14) and Charles (now 12) are sailing another model yacht inside a wooden half barrel.

The room is sparsely furnished and has a paved and bricked floor like many other rooms in the house where the children were allowed to play. The large earthenware jug (present in many other paintings) is here too and perhaps it might have been used to fill the wooden barrel with enough water to sail the toy yachts. It is certainly big enough!

This painting (along with The Young Kitemakers 1897) is one of my two personal favourites and it is perhaps the typical features of these two paintings that makes them both so.