YEAMES, William Frederick. 21746



Autograph Letter Signed, to E.W.Cooke RA, unable to accept the invitation, being on a ten day cruise in the Armitages’ yacht. 3 pp. 6 x 4 inches, in good condition. Amsterdam, 20 July 1877. William Frederick Yeames RA (1835 –1918) painter best known for his oil-on-canvas “And When Did You Last See Your Father?”, which depicts the son of a Royalist being questioned by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. In 1859 Yeames set up a studio in Park Place and, with Philip Hermogenes Calderon, Frederick Goodall, and George Adolphus Storey, formed the loose association of artists known as the St John’s Wood Clique. The group concentrated on subjects of a historical nature and narrative paintings in which the story was revealed by close study of the actions and expressions of the subjects. In Yeames’s work, this technique evolved into the genre known as the problem picture, in which the narrative of the image creates an unresolved dilemma or paradox for the viewer.