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Our First Tiff

Robert Walker Macbeth1878

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Macbeth's early work was generally rustic or pastoral in tone. 'Our First Tiff', with its upper middle-class social anecdote, was possibly the artist’s first move away from his original rustic style. In this painting a couple are having breakfast in an idyllic setting underneath a tree, the tone is warm and represents a beautiful summer’s morning. All is not well, however, as the title alludes the couple has had a disagreement and as the woman reaches to talk to the man, he is turning away from her preferring to read the newspaper.

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  • Title: Our First Tiff
  • Creator: Robert Walker Macbeth
  • Date Created: 1878
  • tag / style: romance; leisure; class; meal; garden; tree; shade; newspaper; reading; fruit; dog; tablecloth; chair; teapot; breakfast; couple; hat; idyllic; tiff; Robert Walker Macbeth
  • Physical Dimensions: w1062 x h705 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Robert Macbeth was a painter and etcher. He was born in Glasgow in 1848 and moved to London in 1871. He was a prolific and versatile painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1887 to 1909. Macbeth also produced a considerable number of important etchings after paintings by other artists including Velasquez and Titian.
  • Additional artwork information: This artist features in the Walker Gallery’s Romance online exhibition. To find out more please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/exhibitions/romance/
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Presented to The Walker Gallery by George Audley in 1927


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