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His Only Friend

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A small thin boy leaning against a grassy bank at the side of a pale, sandy country road. He is fast asleep, with his head lolling back in the grass. The boy is wearing dark holey trousers, with a red waistcoat over a white shirt. All of his clothes are ragged. To the right, a small, light coloured terrier curls against the boy's side, licking his right hand, the dog's gaze fixed on the boy's dirty bare feet.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester


Date

1871

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 69.4 x W 95.1 cm

Accession number

1937.124

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Jesse Haworth, 1937

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed blc: Briton Riviere 1871


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