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Title The Prayer
Alternative Title Evening Prayer
Collection Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Artist Frère, Edouard (French painter, 1819-1886)
Date 1857 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Two young girls kneeling on a rush mat at a bedside, their hands clasped in prayer. The older girl wearing a blue dress is upright and bows her head in an earnest attitude. The younger one, wearing a white shirt, blue bodice and multicoloured plaid skirt seems to be losing concentration. The room suggests an austere simplicity. The bed is iron with white sheets and a grey blanket. Striped blankets hang on the wall over the bed. An oil lamp hangs on the bare buff wall. Clothes are piled on a chair on the left hand side. A bonnet has been abandoned on the floor in the foreground. The handling on the wall is very free. Elsewhere textures are soft and illusionistic, especially in the treatment of the flesh.
Current Accession Number OP6
Inscription front ll 'Ed. Frere '57'
Subject everyday life (children, evening prayers)
Measurements 37.5 x 29.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sidney Cartwright 1886.
Provenance Gambart sale, 10 November 1886 as Evening Prayer, bought by Agnew's; Agnew's sale, 11 December 1886, bought by W. A. Michael for 52-10 (;)
Principal Exhibitions Industrial Exhibition, Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Fine Arts, 1884
Notes Inscribed on back, '6'
This may be the picture of this title in Ernest Gambart's fourth annual exhibition of modern French and Belgian paintings, 1857, no. 60, one in his series 'Scenes in humble life' (information kindly provided by Martin Hopkinson 2012).
Rights Owner Courtesy of Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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