Suspense Pray with Breakfast by Charles Burton Barber, a Victorian era artist. The painting is oil on canvas, Private Collection.
Suspense may not be a picture that is immediately recognizable but it is one certainly worthy of discussion. And, since someone purchased it at a Christie’s auction for $442,500 in 1997; it is one several people must have wanted to include in their collection.
Charles Burton Barber (1845 - 1894) was an English artist. This painting exemplifies the style of painting he become most well known for – portraits of children with their pets.
In this painting, we have a young blue-eyed blond girl in bed saying grace over her breakfast. A chair is positioned next to her bed. Her pet Jack Russell Terrier has found it the perfect perch for staring down the egg and toast on the little girl’s breakfast tray. A tiny tabby kitten sits on the other side of the praying child, partially under the sheets also staring down the food. The kitten and the dog are obviously both hoping to share the meal with their little mistress. We’ll never know if she does as the moment of anticipation and suspense is what Barber has captured for us all to enjoy.
The level of detailing done by Barber seems to indicate even if this painting was originally done to be turned into prints for sale that the artist was not taking any shortcuts. From the fine lace on the little girls nightgown, to the ruffles on the canopy draped over her bed this painting shows the work of a true master. Instead of a plain colored wall, we have wallpaper and even a corner of a picture frame and painting. At the child’s feet lays a small unwrapped box covered with several flowers and laying upon a handwritten note.
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