The See-Saw (Happy Days)

Arthur Elsley

TitleThe See-Saw (Happy Days)
ArtistArthur Elsley
Paper Size (W x H)27 x 32 ins
Edition Size50
Price £330.00 Excluding VAT

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This painting was also called Happy Days and the original is an oil on canvas 35" x 29", which was painted in 1891. The subject of this work is a timeless children's pastime and is featured in numerous paintings throughout the centuries.

It was also published as a colour chromolithograph in size 22" x 18" entitled "Happy Days" and presented with the Penny Illustrated Paper for the Christmas 1893 issue.  A colour illustration of the print is contained in the book "The Golden Hours" published by Richard Dennis in 1998.

The appealing quality of Elsley's paintings were easily understood and presented a cosy, idealised world of happy smiling children and their animals. Elsley displayed much warmth and affection for his subjects and the sentiment in his art gave great pleasure and comfort to ordinary people. It is so true to life that the girls look to be having a lot of fun but the puppy looks slightly worried being up on the edge of the see-saw.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print. The print also comes with a story booklet.

About the Artist

Arthur Elsley

Arthur John Elsley was a fine example of this phenomenon of Victorian animal art. He was born on the 20th November 1860 in London, the son of John Elsley, a coachman, and one of a family of six. His father was an amateur artist who had exhibited an oil painting entitled “A Group of Horses” at the British Institution Exhibition in 1845.

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