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1000 Ways of Seeing: The Private Collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger

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Edith Hayllar
1860 - 1948
FEEDING THE SWANS
signed EDITH HAYLLAR and dated 1889 (lower right)
oil on canvas
91.5 by 71cm., 36 by 28in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's, London, 23 March 1981, lot 58

Catalogue Note

Edith was one of the four talented daughters of the artist James Hayllar, all of whom exhibited at the Royal Academy. From 1875 the Hayllar family rented a large eighteenth century house, Castle Priory on the banks of the Thames at Wallingford in Oxfordshire. The interior and garden of Castle Priory became the subject for many of the artists’ pictures and it is possible that the summer house in Feeding the Swans was a folly on their estate – its Doric columns echo the classical architecture of the house. Edith usually used her own family or local villagers for her paintings, which have; ‘great charm and naturalness of observation, recording in an exact but unpretentious way the life of a Victorian middle-class family.’ (Christopher Wood, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, 1987, p.213)

1000 Ways of Seeing: The Private Collection of the late Stanley J. Seeger

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London