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William Frederick Yeames (1835-1918), Painter

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Russia, Yeames moved to London in 1848 where he studied art and anatomy. He spent several years in Italy, studying painting in Florence and Rome. He returned to London in 1859 and was a founder member of the St John's Wood Clique, an informal group that represented a new spirit in English history painting. They were neither Pre-Raphaelite nor traditional in affiliation but combined in their work features of several kinds of painting, including history, and genre. Yeames's lasting fame rests almost entirely upon one painting, And When Did You Last See Your Father? The events of the civil wars are concentrated in the reactions of a little boy who is being interrogated by a parliamentary officer.

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William Frederick Yeames

by John & Charles Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax14874


William Frederick Yeames

by and published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, after Frank Dudman, for Joseph Parkin Mayall
photogravure, 1883, published 1884
NPG Ax27827


William Frederick Yeames

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG Ax17706


William Frederick Yeames

by Ralph Winwood Robinson, published by C. Whittingham & Co
platinum print, circa 1889, published 1892
NPG x7404


William Frederick Yeames

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG x27559


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