This is an early and particularly attractive example of the work of this Anglo-American artist who specialised in humorous genre scenes, often taken from popular literary sources.

It is an interesting social document of a party spending the day in the woods, then a very common thing among the middle classes in summer. The group of figures appears to be from the East End, with a cart, presumably hired for the occasion, to transport themselves and their belongings. Other interesting features are the blue and white tea service (possibly Spode) and the cane- and rush-bottomed chairs, of a type which inspired chair designs by William Morris and E. W. Godwin some forty years later.

Provenance

Robert Donaldson; S.P.Avery; Agnew's; Col.W.J.Holdsworth;Sir Charles Tennant; by descent to Hon.Colin Tennant; Sotheby's; Agnew.


The Geffrye Museum of the Home

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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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