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Lot 264

Arthur Boyd Houghton, British 1836-1875- The artist's family in an interior;

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Lot 264

Arthur Boyd Houghton,
British 1836-1875-
The artist's family in an interior;

Price Realised: £585

Estimate: £600 - £800

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 264


Arthur Boyd Houghton,

British 1836-1875-

The artist's family in an interior;

oil on canvas, signed 'Houghton' (lower left), 20.2 x 25.5 cm.

Provenance: Collection of William Drummond.; Private Collection, UK.

Note: Presumably painted in the 1860s, the present work evokes the peaceful contentment of everyday familial life, with its small scale further reinforcing the intimacy of the scene. Houghton's father slumbers in a chair, a handkerchief draped over his face, whilst in the background a woman sits by the window reading a book. Both adults appear to ignore one of the painter's children who plays with the newspaper which has slipped from the snoozing grandfather's lap. Two related works 'Jack in the box' and a portrait of Houghton's father sold at Bonhams, London, 31 March 2015, lot 52, in which the bearded man portrayed in both works is clearly the same as the gentleman here. The wicker-back chair, too, relates. Though not reaching 40 years of age, Houghton was a prolific illustrator and painter in 19th-century Britain, and was particularly celebrated for his print illustrations of publications including Don Quixote and Arabian Nights. The present work is testament to his skill as a painter, and he produced over 100 oils throughout his career. An interior scene in oils of the artist's brother and sister sold at Christie's, London, 20 February 2003, lot 261.

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