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Oil painting - Returning from the Fair
  • Returning from the Fair
    Webster, Thomas RA, born 1800 - died 1886
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Returning from the Fair

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1837 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Webster, Thomas RA, born 1800 - died 1886 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

These two companion paintings show the same family, before and after attending what would have been one of the great events of the village year - the travelling fair. The idea of such pendants was taken first from French painting by William Hogarth in the 1730s; they became very popular in the nineteenth century. Webster individualizes each character and contrasts each member of the group 'before and after' the excursion; for example, the youngest child is first out of the door riding its 'hobby-horse', but, tired out, is last home, while the eldest daughter has brought home a young man.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1837 (painted)


Webster, Thomas RA, born 1800 - died 1886 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'T WEBSTER. 1837'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 55.9 cm estimate, Width: 76.1 cm estimate, Height: 88 cm framed, Width: 109 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Returning from the Fair' by Thomas Webster. Great Britain, 1837.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 298


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Family; Cottages


Paintings; Entertainment & Leisure


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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