James Hayllar

A Family Group

This painting likely depicts the artist himself with his young family. Hayllar was a popular Victorian artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy for over forty years. He raised nine children, including four daughters who became talented artists and exhibited alongside him.

Label: Agnew & Sons, No. 24178, London, Old Bond Street

Robert Frank [1]

1961/12/20 – 1964/12/15
Robert Frank, London, and Agnew & Sons, London, UK (owned jointly) [2]

– 1964/12/15
Robert Frank, London, purchased from Agnew & Sons [2]

1964/10 –
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Robert Frank [3]

[1] The London art dealer Robert Frank is mentioned as the owner of the work in a 1953 publication [Reynolds, Graham. “Painters of the Victorian Scene.” London: Batsford 1953, Pl. 60]. Frank apparently sold the painting after 1953 and reacquired it in 1961 [see note 2].

[2] A Family Group was purchased jointly by Agnew's and Robert Frank from at a Sotheby's sale on December 20, 1961 [“Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture.” Sotheby's, London, lot no. 273]. Agnew's stock book states that the firm subsequently sold the picture to Robert Frank on December 15, 1964 [email by Venetia Harlow, archivist, Agnew & Sons, London, to Anke Kausch, NGC Provenance Research Project, June 19, 2008, NGC curatorial file].

[3] The NGC purchase order for the painting is dated November 1, 1964. The NGC Acccession log, however, lists October 1964 as the date of acquisition [NGC curatorial file].

A Family Group
oil on canvas
91.7 x 70.7 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1964
Accession number