Bluecoat Boys returning from their Holidays (1879)

'Bluecoat Boys Returning From Their Holidays' by Eyre Crowe A.R.A. (1879)

'Bluecoat Boys Returning From Their Holidays' by Eyre Crowe A.R.A. (1879)

Medium: oil

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1879

Current owner: Private collection, U,S.A.

This painting was probably purchased from the Johnson Fine Art Gallery in Montreal in the late 19th century. It is now owned by the grandson of the purchaser, who has given kind permission for the painting to be reproduced here.

Athenaeum, 31 May 1879:

The scene is outside the building. Mr. Crowe does not trouble himself to produce triumphs of tone and tint, as he might profitably do, but he designs with care and spirit, and paints conscientiously; the charm of this picture lies in the characters and faces of the lads. We do not see why the buildings should look as if they had but just now undergone ‘restoration’ and been scraped to seem quite new.

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