Contemplation

William Henry Midwood
(Fl.1867-1878) British
Title Contemplation
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas: 34x44 in. (Frame: 44x54 in.) Signed and dated 1878
Price Band £10,000 - £20,000
Location Hungerford
Biography

William Henry Midwood was a London painter of genre scenes in the 1860’s and 70’s.The majority of Midwood’s pictures concentrate on the humble domestic interior. Groups of figures are portrayed in idealized scenarios of family life, with children, the elderly and scenes of courtship prominent

in his subject matter.

‘Contemplation’ exemplifies these trends within his work and is one of his finest genre scenes. A family, depicted from grandparents to grandchildren, is seated around the hearth in

a simple and slightly dishevelled cottage. All eyes are on the attentive dog with the exception of the gentleman with a clay pipe reading the newspaper.

A truly exceptional Victorian genre painting museum quality

Provenance: Private collection West Sussex

Museums: Leeds Art Gallery

Dict: Benezit                            

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