Friday, 6 February 2015

"And When did you last see your Father?"

William Frederick Yeames 1878    © Walker Art Gallery, National Museums of Liverpool

"I had at the time I painted this picture living in my house a nephew of an innocent and truthful disposition and it occurred to me to represent him in a situation where the child's outspokenness and unconsciousness would lead to disastrous consequences, and a scene in a country house occupied by he Puritans during the Rebellion in England suited my purpose."  W.F. Yeames 

In the story I was told as a child, the boy answers truthfully, 'Last night, sir,'  --- 'in a dream'.

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