Catalogue entry


Not inscribed.
Canvas, 55×47 (140×119·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1924.
Exh: Bradford, June 1910 (7); Art Institute of Chicago, January 1912 (19); N.E.A.C., Summer 1912 (147); Exposition Universelle et Internationale, Ghent, 1913 (Beaux Arts, Grande Bretagne, 45); the artist's house, Hampstead, 19 March 1914 (6); Spring Exhibition, Oldham, February–April 1915 (144); R.A., 1924 (252).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1924, p.97; Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.115; Picture Post 11 March 1939 (in colour).

The children playing at dressing up are the artist's eldest son John (now Sir John, Director of the Tate Gallery 1938–64) and his daughters Betty (Mrs E. R. Holliday) and Rachel (Mrs Alan Ward). The picture on the wall, representing the birth of the Virgin, is an unidentified sixteenth-century painting, possibly North Italian, Swiss or Austrian, which belonged to the artist.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II