John Faed was the eldest of the Scottish family of artists based in Gatehouse-of-Fleet, near the Firth of Forth. John and his younger brother Thomas enjoyed particular success, exhibiting both in Scotland and in London. Their customary brand of social realism was modified by a romantic, but rarely excessive, strain of sentiment that proved commercially viable.
John was scrupulous in his records, and in 1864 lists Spring Flowers as selling to Edmunds for the price of £150. It is interesting to note that Faed, who moved to London from Edinburgh in 1864, maintained his Northern clients. He was never to break his Scottish ties, though his national standing was enhanced by the patronage of dealers such as Flatou and Gambart, both of whom started purchasing his pictures during the 1860s.
The remarkable work Boyhood, by John Faed, featured in the recent sale of The Forbes Collection of Victorian Pictures and Works of Art (Christie's, London, 19 February 2003, lot 7, £237,650).