Famous Children’s Painting Rustic Civility was painted by William Collins in 1833. Oil paintings with sentimental scenes of children in the countryside became popular with collectors such as John Sheepshanks and the Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend, as well as with the Victorian public in general. William Collins trained at the Royal Academy and went on to become a popular painter of landscapes and rustic genre scenes. children’s painting supplies
He travelled extensively in Britain and abroad, particularly in Italy, and these journeys are reflected in the subjects of his pictures. He was particularly fond of representing children. Here the combination of his fine technique and the agreeable nature of the subject in this painting appealed to a wide public, connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
One of the artist’s most famous works, and one of the best-known British paintings of the nineteenth-century. The sixth duke of Devonshire had bought an earlier version, which is still at Chatsworth, and in his guidebook of 1845, he wrote: ‘People are amused at having to find out what is coming through the gate, which few do, till the shadow on the ground is pointed out to them’. The duke recognized the lasting appeal of the painting; its charm and popularity is indeed due to the way the two village children, one ‘touching his forelock’ in deference (as he does not own a hat he can raise), have opened the gate. They gaze, presumably hoping for a coin in reward, at the approaching gentleman on horseback, whose shadow only is included in the painting, while the smallest child looks directly out at us. Dimensions: Height: 45.6 cm, Width: 61 cm children’s paintings for sale