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oil on canvas
55.1 × 68.5 cm
inscribed in black paint l.l.: C. M. Webb 1866. Pt.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1870
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

With James W. Hines (dealer), Melbourne, by 1870; from where purchased for the NGV, 1870[1].

[1] See ‘New Pictures in the National Gallery’, in The Argus, Melbourne, Thursday 15 September 1870, p. 5,

This is a replica of another painting by Webb now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, which is signed and dated 1864. In a game of chess between a village squire and a schoolmaster, the squire appears to have won the contest. After studying at the Amsterdam and Antwerp Academies, Charles Webb settled in Dusseldorf, where he became known as a painter of genre subjects, particularly from English life and history.


This classical revival scotia frame has hand cut flutes in the scotia and is large in scale for the painting. A number of small format nineteenth century paintings have over scale frames like this, in part to hold a place on the walls of the Academy or Salon.

The painting was cleaned in 2006.

Unknown - 19th century

good original condition