William Edward Millner 1849–1895
T01140 A WAYSIDE GOSSIP 1872
Inscribed ‘W E M 1872’ b.r.
Canvas, 14⅞×19¾ (37.7×50.2).
Purchased at Christie's (Grant-in-Aid) 1969.
Coll: ...; Miss Hawks, London 1911;...; Oscar & Peter Johnson Ltd, sold Christie's, 11 July 1969 (29), bt. M Bernard for Tate Gallery.
An early work by this little-known Lincolnshire artist, who worked all his life in Gainsborough. The title is taken from a label removed from the back of the picture: ‘A Wayside Gossip W. E. Millner Gainsborough Lincolnshire March 31/1873’. Millner presumably sent the painting for exhibition in 1873, but no further details of this have been discovered.
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970