Lot 446
  • 446


10,000 - 15,000 USD
bidding is closed


  • Robert Carrick
  • Weary Life 
  • signed R. Carrick (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


Vokins, London
W.J. Thompson
Sale: Christie's, London, January 24, 1913, lot 92
Lister (acquired at the above sale) 
Sale: Christie's, New York, May 21, 1986, lot 198, illustrated (with the artist's last name spelled incorrectly)
The Forbes Collection, London (acquired at the above sale and sold, their sale, Christie's, London, February 20, 2003, lot 55, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale 


London, Royal Academy, 1858, no. 300
Charlotte, North Carolina, Mint Museum of Art; Nashville, Cheekwood Museum of Art; Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum; Tampa Art Museum; New York, Forbes Magazine Galleries, The Defining Moment: Victorian Narrative Paintings from the Forbes Magazine Collection, January 15, 2000-June 30, 2001, no. 7 


Illustrated London News, May 22, 1858, p. 518
Art Journal, 1858, p. 166
The Spectator, London, May 29, 1858, p. 580
E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds., The Works of John Ruskin, London, 1904, pp. xxiv, xxv, 164, no. 300
John Ruskin and Sir Edward Tyas Cook, Academy Notes vol. II: Ruskin on Pictures: A Collection of Criticisms by John Ruskin not heretofore Re-printed and now Re-edited and Re-arranged, London, 1902, p. 139 
Christopher Wood, Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, 1995, vol. II, p. 91

Catalogue Note

John Ruskin described Weary Life as "A notable picture; very great in many respects" (Academy Notes, 1858, p. 139). In it, a young farm girl has found an exhausted, itinerant entertainer and his daughter sleeping beneath a haystack. He is dressed in an exotic costume and has various curious items protruding from his sack of possessions, including playing-cards and a tambourine, while another tambourine (presumably the girl's) lies beside the weary pair.