The Wandering Minstrel in a Quiet Square

The Wandering Minstrel in a Quiet Square

James Hayllar, 1829-1920

Oil on panel

Signed with monogram and dated 1858

14 x 11 1/4 inches

"In 1858 Hayllar was living in Mecklenberg Square, London, next to Coram's Fields. He often exhibited pictures of local characters at this time. This painting was first owned by Charles Wentworth Wass, an art dealer who went bankrupt in this same year, but then became Superintendent of the Crystal Palace Picture Gallery."

"Painted onto a panel with a white background in the Pre-Raphaelite manner (Hayllar was the same age as Millais and they studied at the RA schools at the same time) — Rupert Maas