This painting is an important work as it was the artist's first to be exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872. It is based on a drawing entitled 'Hours of Idleness' which appeared in the periodical 'Once a Week' in June 1869. The original sketch was inspired by a picnic and boat trip on the Thames with Fildes's great friend, the artist Henry Woods and the latter's two sisters Fanny and Annie (Fildes eventually married Fanny in 1874).
Where to see this painting?
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
Cultural Quarter, Warrington, Cheshire, England, WA1 1JB
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.