London, South Kensington
25 February 2009
Albert Goodwin, R.W.S. (1845-1932)
"Youth is full of sport
Age's breath is short"
signed 'Albert Goodwin/77' (lower left)
oil on canvas
36 x 55¾ in. (91.5 x 141.6 cm.)
Christie's, London, 21 May 1908, lot 37.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 25 October 1991, lot 63A.
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Art Journal, 1877, p. 269.
Athenaeum, no. 2584, 5 May 1877, p. 582.
London, Royal Academy, 1877, no. 509.
The Art Journal (op. cit.) described the present work as a 'closely studied bit of nature', showing 'a merry group of children playing in a field of wild flowers, while, by way of contrast, a poor old woman in the foreground drags wearily behind her for firewood a great withered tree-branch'.
F.G. Stephens in the Athenaeum (op. cit.) was also complimentary declaring himself 'charmed' by such a 'capital and tasteful work'.
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