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Kennington was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He studied at the Liverpool School of Art, the Royal College of Art and later in Paris. He settled in London where he became known for portraying scenes of upper class life and typically, mothers with their children. This picture, however, is one of a series commissioned by benefactors to highlight social evils in London, (Others are entitled 'Homeless' and 'Orphans').
oil on canvas
H 114.3 x W 101.6 cm
bequeathed by W. J. H. Le Fanu, 1926
Signed and dated: T.B.Kennington 1891