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Oil painting - The Toy Seller
  • The Toy Seller
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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The Toy Seller

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1835 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case NORTH WALL

This painting shows a black toyseller holding up a toy to a white child. Mulready (1786-1863) returned to this subject over 20 years later, when he painted a larger version of a similar scene. That painting is now in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.

Physical description

Oil painting of a black man holding a toy bird up to a young white child who is turning away from him. The child is being held by a white woman.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)


1835 (painted)


Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'WM 1835'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 17 cm estimate, Width: 22 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'The Toy Seller' by William Mulready. Great Britain, 1835.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 207


Oil colour; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Child; Toy


Black History; Paintings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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