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Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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Attributed to William Mulready (1786-1863) - entitled "Fair Time (Returning from the Ale House) - Circa 1809-1840


This is lovely picture that would suit any home!

Attributed to Irish genre artist, William Mulready R.A. (1786-1863), we are able to offer for sale this delightful watercolour of large proportions.  The original oil remains in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

The history of the painting is as follows (extracted from the Tate's archives);

""Humorous scenes of village life became popular in the early 1800s. They presented a supposedly simple and honest rural lifestyle which appealed to urban audiences. Mulready specialised in such scenes, but overstepped the mark with this early work.

This picture was exhibited in 1809 as Returning from the Ale-House, but was not well-received. Critics attacked the 'disgusting spectacle' of drunken men surrounded by children. Mulready exhibited it again in 1840, making it brighter and changing the title to Fair Time. This gave a festive excuse for the men's behaviour, making the picture more acceptable. It was bought by the collector Robert Vernon.""

The picture we are offering for sale is set behind glass, within a mount and surrounded by a wooden gilt frame.

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