I wonder who lived in there (1866) by Sir Joseph Noel paton, RSA. Oil on canvas. Engraved by Stephen Miller. Source: the 1869 Art-Journal [Click on image to enlarge it.] Text and formatting by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Michigan and the Hathi Trust Digital Library and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]

Art-Journal Commentary

‘I WONDER WHO LIVED IN THERE!’ Will be remembered by many of our subscribers as in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1866. The composition is not an ideal one, but, as we have heard, is the representation of a fact. The scene is the artist’s studio, inwhich, on entering one day, he saw his young son, chin on hand, &lwquo;glowering’ with eyes full of the stories of chivalry he had been taught or had read. “I wonder who lived in there!” was the boy’s remark to his father. The incident could scarcely fail to attract the special notice of a mind so constituted as that of the latter, who saw at once how well adapted it was for a picture both original and pleasing. [3]


Dafforne, James. “British Artists: Their Style and Character. No. LXVII. Sir Joseph Noel Paton.” Art-Journal. (1869): 1-3. Hathi Trust Digital Library digitized from a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 6 April 2014.

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