Mother and Children Reading

Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836-1875)

Oil on canvas


Oil on canvas

Support: 305 x 248 mm

Collection: Tate

Presented by Mrs E. C. Davis 1926

Reference: N04151

This looks like one of Houghton's "charming paintings of family life" (Lambourne 371), a domestic scene bathed in the rosy glow of his own happy childhood, and just saved from sentimentality by its various realistic details. [Commentary continues below; mouse over the text for links.]

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