After Work (1873)

Medium: oil

Size: 10 x 16 inches

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1873

After Work, a small picture measuring 10 inches x 16 inches, was auctioned by Christie’s in March 1983. It is reproduced in the exhibition catalogue. As After work outside the inn, it was sold by Sotheby’s on 1 October 1986, fetching £1,800.

Athenaeum, 10 May 1873:

After Work (166) is preferable to the last [After a Run]. Labourers are seated outside a public-house, gossipping. The whole is rich in character, and marked with much quiet humour. Observe the old man in the straw hat, likewise the other, who drinks deliberately from a mug. The same technical merits which we have noted above [After a Run] are to be found in abundence here.

The Times, 26 June 1873:

Mr. Eyre Crowe, who usually sends us some embodiment of literary anecdote, has this year confined himself to bits of contemporary life of the more prosaic kind. If even such subjects as a group of labourers at an ale-house door (166) … can be made interesting by sincerity and conscientiousness of treatment, what fruit might not be expected from a deeper and tenderer or even more daring grasp of contemporary life?

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