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Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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George Dunlop Leslie, R.A.
1835-1921
THAMES-SIDE CONVERSATION
signed l.r.: G.D. Leslie
oil on canvas
68.5cm. by 97.5cm., 27in. by 38½in.
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With Elrick Galleries, London, by November 1958;
by whom sold to Sir John Smith

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This painting by George Dunlop Leslie depicts an interaction between two groups of women and children on the banks of the River Thames. The central, well-dressed female figure leans down to give an apple to a baby, who is held by a woman on the boat. Two boys and another woman watch the scene unfold. The highly detailed background demonstrates meticulous close observation that is reminiscent of Pre-Raphaelitism, which heavily influenced Leslie’s early works. Figurative arrangements of women and children in domestic or out-door settings such as this are typical of Leslie’s oeuvre, particularly from the 1870s onwards.

Leslie was an ardent lover of nature, and particularly of the River Thames. Concerning his early experiences of the river, Leslie wrote: ‘My experiences… gave me such strong feelings of affection for the river, that I do not think I have passed a year since then without spending one, two and sometimes three months on its banks.’ (G. D. Leslie, Our River, 1888, p. 7). He later lived on the Thames at “Riverside” in Wallingford between 1884- 1891, where he wrote and published ‘Our River’ and ‘Riverside Letters’, works that record his observations of life on the river and his local area.

The name ‘Pangbourne’ is painted on the side of the boat in the present painting, indicating that Pangbourne, or nearby, is the location depicted. Leslie wrote that he had ‘passed two very pleasant months at Whitchurch, opposite to Pangbourne’ (G. D. Leslie, Our River, 1888, p. 10), making it possible that painting was inspired by a scene observed while visiting this stretch of the Thames.

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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