Ten top treasures of National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Museums.

And When Did You Last See Your Father? by William Frederick Yeames has been probably the most popular painting in the Walker Art Gallery since it was bought in 1878.

The painting portrays a fictional event in the English Civil War when Parliamentary Roundheads fought the King’s Cavaliers. It shows a Royalist house occupied by the Roundheads interrogating the family.

The boy’s crying sister is held gently by a soldier while his mother looks on dreading what the boy will say. Will he tell all?

Yeames’ niece and nephew modelled as the children. The painting has been lampooned and imitated countless times. Find out more about this painting in the Walker Art Gallery.


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