European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Just as the Twig Is Bent
Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1970-3-2Made in England, Europe
William Maw Egley, English, 1826 - 1916
Oil on canvas
1970-3-1Purchased with the Katharine Levin Farrell Fund, 1970
LabelThis before-and-after story involves two sisters interested in the same boy. In the first scene, the date is about 1850 and the boy, playing at being a soldier, seems to favor the blond girl. In the companion piece, the time is ten years later, and, as the title implies, the situation has not changed. Now a real soldier, the boy courts the blond while her sister, seen in the convex mirror on the wall, looks on with jealousy.
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