The Overture is an unusual painting showing an improverished Irish Union Piper playing the pipes where a suitor is trying to get the unwilling lady to dance.
Part of the painting is featured on the cover of a book titled "Tunes of the Munster Pipers, edited by Hugh and Lisa Shields.
Signed: Lower left corner
Edwin Thomas Roberts
50.8 cms High ( 20 inches)
40.6 cms Wide ( 16 inches)
54.6 cms High ( 21.5 inches)
64.8 cms Wide ( 25.5 inches)
6.4 cms Deep ( 2.5 inches)
Edwin Thomas Roberts was born in London in the 1840 and died in 1917. He was the son of Thomas Edward Roberts who also was an artist. Roberts regularly used children in his artworks and he portrayed them in a charming and idealistic manner. This style of art proved to be enormously popular with the Victorian public of the day and his work is still widely admired today as it represented the golden age of Victorian art and sentimentality.
Roberts works are now highly sought after and are increasing in value.
Suffolk Street : 1862-1886
Royal Academy : 1882-1884
Works include: Newlyn Scene; Naval Manoeuvres; There´s Many a Wile Lies Hid in a Smile; The Professor; The Dishonoured Bill; Polly, What's the Time (1884)