One of the Family

Frederick George Cotman1880

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Liverpool, United Kingdom

The title of this painting refers to the white horse which stretches its head through the open door to be fed. The scene is based on a room in the Black Boys Inn at Hurley-on-Thames, and the figures were modelled by members of the Street family, owners of the inn. The work was one of the first ‘subjects of popular character’ purchased for the Walker Art Gallery by its first curator, as he wrote, to ‘give great pleasure to the numerous visitors of the Gallery who are uninitiated in the higher forms of art’.


  • Title: One of the Family
  • Creator: Frederick George Cotman
  • Creator Lifespan: 1850/1920
  • Creator Nationality: British
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Birth Place: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Date Created: 1880
  • tag / style: Frederick George Cotman; narrative; horse; family; meal; Black Boys Inn; Hurley-on-Thames; children; mother; feeding; open door; grandma; father; bread; glass; dog, mantlepiece
  • subject: Hurley-on-Thames
  • Physical Dimensions: w17020 x h10260 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Frederick George Cotman was the nephew of the well known watercolourist, John Sell Cotman.
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery's 19th-century collections, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/collections/19c/index2.aspx
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Purchased in 1880

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