Size: 94 x 115 cm
- William Oliver Williams (signing as William Oliver) was born in Worcester.
- He moved to London and enrolled at the Royal academy in 1848.
- He became a very successful figurative and genre artist based in London who specialised in paintings of younger women.
- He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists and British institution in London.
- He also exhibited around the country at the RBSA, Glasgow Institute, Manchester Art Gallery and Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.
- Examples of his work can be found in the Royal Collection and the V&A museum London, as well as the Manchester Art Gallery, Russel Cotes Gallery and Sheffield Museum. His work is also popular in North America
- This painting is in remarkable condition and looks as though it could have been painted a few years ago (‘one in a thousand condition’)
- The condition probably arises from the fact that it appears to have spent nearly the whole of its life in a Swedish Museum under glass. It is now in a lovely hand-made gilded frame
- The director of Art at Nicholsons Fine Art auction house agreed with me that it is the best painting by Oliver that we have ever seen. Its superbly painted.