4 June 2009,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 70,850
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.
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
The Property of P. J. Dearden; Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1973, lot 29.
with Richard Green, London.