10 June 2003
William Frederick Witherington, R.A. (1785-1865)
The peasant from his toil, returned, a-field,
Now, leaning o'er the cottage hatch, beheld
In smiles, his younger born and fair-haired child
Luring with half-rais'd porringer of milk
That fearless hearted-bird with scarlet breast!
oil on canvas
30 x 25¼ in. (76.2 x 64.1 cm.)
with N. Mitchell, London.
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London, Royal Academy, 1825, no. 207.
The source of the quotation has not been identified. It is given as 'MS' in the Royal Academy catalogue, possibly meaning 'manuscript', or perhaps indicated the initials of the poet.
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