"Is'e Biggest" by Arthur Elsley


"Is'e Biggest"


Arthur Elsley

Ref GL240
Type Fine Art Print
Limited Editions This Gouttelette™ Limited Edition print has been published with light-fast inks to BS1006 standard onto acid-free, calcium carbonate-buffered stock, mould-made from 100% cotton and sourced from environmentally-conscious paper suppliers. Limited Edition Size: 50
Image Size 16" x 24" (40 x 60 cm)
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This painting is signed and dated 1892. It was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1892 which sold for £150. It was auctioned at Christie’s, London in 1894 and was brought by Vokins for £111.6s. It is now owned by Haussner’s Restaurant in U.S.A. This painting was an adaptation of a real incident. Elsley once saw a little girl measuring two dogs. It depicts an innocent little rogue in a pink frock and white pinafore, measuring her height against a big, good natured St. Bernard. In spite of the thick book she is standing on she still falls short of being the biggest by a couple of inches. The dog is looking at the girl with his soft brown eyes with a look of amused tolerance and gentleness. The sense of humour comes out in this pretty scene. This version has a skipping rope near the book on the floor there is another version where the prop is a shuttlecock.