From our European Collection, a very fine oil on canvas by British painter William Robert Symonds, signed and dated 1875. Symonds, who lived from 1851-1934, was a genre painter known for touching scenes of people and animals, and most often of small children in random snapshots of everyday life, where he captured well their innocence and curious musings. His works are carried by several UK- based institutions, most notably the Colchester and Ipswich museums, and in his day, he was often exhibited at the Royal Academy.
This work is a superbly executed oil painting wherein he captures beautifully the wonderment of a young mother gazing at her sleeping infant: While the scene is touching and timeless, it still also lends itself to all kinds of interpretation, as there is an almost indefinable quality to her expression, which can yield endless questions as to what thoughts exactly are actually going through her mind.
Size and Condition: Framed dimensions are 37 1/2 x 30 inches, unframed dimensions are 27 inches x 20 inches: Overall good condition, craquelure / crazing throughout commensurate with age as expected, possible random touch-ups here and there.