signed and dated 'George Smith.1869' (lower right); and signed and inscribed 'Little Villagers/George Smith/Augusta Villa/Camden Hill/Kensington' (on the reverse) oil on panel 18 x 14 in. (45.7 x 35.6 cm.)
George Smith studied at the Royal Academy Schools under Charles West Cope (see preceding lot). The present picture is a typical example of his work, which was often of children and full of domestic incident. In this his oeuvre is reminiscent of those members of the Cranbook Colony, Thomas Webster and Frederick Daniel Hardy.