At Middleburg:The Kermis, August, 1913
Framed (ref: 1372)
Inscribed: full page in Punch
Oil on card, 11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (29 x 25 cm).
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This painting is reproduced as the frontispiece of Pears 1914 book From the Thames to the Netherlands
where it is entitled At Middleburg: The Kermis. The picture records the annual Kermis, (religious festival ) with festivities in the foreground and the City Hall visible in the background.
Although the Netherlands remained neutral throughout the 1914-18 war this colourful image of the annual August festivities in Middleburg (capital of the province of Zeeland) has an eerie silence, the entranced crowd bearing witness to gaiety that within a year would be swept away by the cataclystism of WW1.
We are grateful to Richard Joynson for providing this information.