signed and dated 'W.P. Frith/1897' (lower right) oil on canvas 21¼ x 27¾ in. (54 x 70.5 cm.)
This is a highly unusual work for Frith, perhaps all the more so when one considers that it was executed when he was nearly eighty years old. He was however, a keen admirer of the female form, and fathered nineteen children, legitimate and illegitimate, between his two marriages.