This recently discovered major work by Richard Morton Paye is infused with satirical Hogarthian elements. It depicts St James’ Day, traditionally a feast day to mark the start of the oyster season.
Paye was an innovative but underappreciated painter of everyday scenes featuring children. He exhibited regularly at the RA but few paintings are located today. Critical favour eluded Paye which perhaps he himself responded to through the rendering of the word Critick (sic) on the collar of the dog devouring the chicken in the corner of the painting. Paye also portrays himself with the indignity of being pickpocketed as he gazes out to the viewer.
Full of interesting, humerous and engaging elements, we are delighted to offer Saint James' Day by Richard Morton Paye in our Thursday 28th May The Classic Tradition auction to take place live online.