Sotheby's, London, 22 November 1995, lot 10, where purchased by the present owner
This charming picture was probably painted c.1906-1907 when Knight painted a series of intimate interior scenes of children and mothers in the Yorkshire coastal village of Staithes where she and her husband Harold had lived since they married just a few years earlier. Contemporary pictures depict similar scenes The Elder Sister (Rochdale Art Gallery), The Knitting Lesson (Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston) and Dressing the Children (Ferens Art Gallery, Hull).
This picture is unlined and in very good condition. There are small areas of localised craquelure, particularly in the darkest area between the figures and to the oldest child's leg - only visible upon very close inspection.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are flecked retouchings throughout which appear to have been made to infill craquelure.
The picture is contained in a moulded plaster and gilt frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."