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    Sale 7728

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 16

    Myles Birket Foster, R.W.S. (1825-1899)

    The Hay Wain

    Price Realised  


    Myles Birket Foster, R.W.S. (1825-1899)
    The Hay Wain
    signed with monogram (lower left)
    pencil, watercolour and heightened with bodycolour
    21 7/8 x 32¾ in. (55.6 x 83.2 cm.)

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    Birket Foster was popular for his sentimental rustic scenes of everyday Victorian life. The current lot depicts farm labourers collecting the hay. A hay wain dominates the centre of the composition. To the left of the foreground children play and to the right a mother and her baby rest in the shadow of a tree. A rural arcadia is laid out under the blue sky of a late summer day.

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    The Property of P. J. Dearden; Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1973, lot 29.
    with Richard Green, London.