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A Village Choir

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1847 (exhibited)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, room 82, case WEST WALL

This work illustrates Washington Irving's 'Christmas Day', from The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820). His essay was a comical and sentimental account of an old-fashioned village choir and its musicians. The painting was probably Webster's most famous and admired work, critically praised for its 'truth and diversity of character'.

Physical description

Oil painting depicting a village choir, illustrating various "characters" in a rural church choir and band.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1847 (exhibited)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel


Height: 60.4 cm estimate, Width: 91.5 cm estimate, Height: 89 cm frame dimensions, Width: 119 cm frame dimensions, Depth: 11 cm frame dimensions

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'A Village Choir' by Thomas Webster. Great Britain, 1847.


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Buckinghamshire; All Saint's Church; Churches; Figures (representations); Musicians; Singers; Musical instruments; Men; Women; Children; Carving; Interior views; Arches


Paintings; Musical instruments; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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