Orphans signed and dated 'T. Sidney. Cooper RA/1878' (lower right), signed and inscribed with title on a label attached to the reverse oil on canvas 183 x 122cm (72 1/16 x 48 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Hiram Craven, of The Briery, Sunderland Sale, Christie's, London, 21 March 1896, lot 291 Sale, Christie's, London, 26 February 1898, lot 91 (160gns to Tooth) Private collection, Germany
EXHIBITED: London, Royal Academy, 1876, no. 515 Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine arts, 1877, no. 411 (priced £750)
LITERATURE: H. Blackburn, Academy Notes, 1876, p.46, illustrated The Times, 8 May 1876: 'lambs struggling with the cruel drift which has killed their dams'. Kenneth J. Westwood, Thomas Sidney Cooper, C.V.O, R.A., His life and Work, Ilminster, 2011, p.388, cat. no. O.1876.3