‘This man to daily labour goes,
the night was made for his repose,
sleep is thy gift, that sweet relief, from tiring toil and wasting grief’ –
A wonderful naive portrait of a man and his dog with superb provenance documented on the reverse 1832.
The portrait is of Abraham Kerridge a 90 year old man who worked at Uphill farm in the late 18th and early 19th C.
It is naively painted in watercolour on paper and mounted in its original oak frame. Its in completely original and untouched condition.
The poem is beautiful and adds to this excellent piece of folk art.
This is a personal favourite of mine and would happily have it in my wall but you can’t keep it all!