Oil on canvas; signed
14 x 10 inches
Weekes’s father was Henry Weekes, the well-respected sculptor who wrote an earnest series of Lectures on Art, Delivered at the Royal Academy (published in London in 1880). The high tone may be appreciated from these extracts: ‘Sculpture can never be popular, for it can never descend low enough to pander to popular taste’ and ‘What is beautiful to us may make no impression of the kind with the lower animals’. His son William, although an excellent painter, held no such high ambition and his animal paintings became immensely popular as ‘Weekes’s Week Squeaks’. In this picture, the perils of painting in the open air and the savage appetite of critics become evident.