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Oil painting - Open Your Mouth and Shut Your Eyes
  • Open Your Mouth and Shut Your Eyes
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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Open Your Mouth and Shut Your Eyes

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1838 (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:

    FA.143[O]

  • Gallery location:

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

The subject is taken from an old nursey saying: 'Open your mouth, shut your eyes, and see what Providence will send you'. Mulready has adapted the context to adolescence. The painting was probably a companion piece to 'The Sonnet', another painting by Mulready.

Physical description

Oil painting entitled 'Open Your Mouth and Shut Your Eyes' depicting a man lying in a field with a young baby, feeding cherries to a girl.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1838 (painted)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Dimensions

Height: 31.5 cm estimate, Width: 30.2 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Open Your Mouth and Shut Your Eyes' by William Mulready. Great Britain, 1838.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 202-204

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Fruit; Cherry

Categories

Paintings; Children & Childhood

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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