Eyes and No Eyes

Frank Bramley, RA (1857-1915)

1887

Oil paint on canvas

H 114 x W 91.5 cm

Penleee House Gallery & Museum, PEZPH: 2009.76

A good-humoured "old tar," probably mending sails, is trying to thread a needle's eye — hence the curious title — while two young women look on with great amusement. They would no doubt be much more adept at such a task. The woman in the middle looks cheerfully pregnant, and the other leans forward from the rail in spontaneous mirth. Both mood and composition are very natural and pleasing. [Commentary continues below.]

Image kindly released under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives licence (CC BY-ND). Commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.