|Good Morning Dear Father Frederich Meyerheim|
|Father is at the Helm (1889) William McTaggart|
|Watching Father Work Albert Neuhuys|
|Home From Work (1861) Arthur Hughes|
|The Struggle for the Apple William Knight|
I'm not sure children today would struggle for an apple. I may be condemning a generation unfairly, I'm sure my daughter would put up a fight, but then she knows where we keep them and where the chocolate fingers live so she doesn't often feel the need to wrestle one of her parents for a piece of fruit. Honestly, if the two children in the picture haven't worked out how to successfully tag team that apple out of his hand, then they don't deserve it. They aren't trying. I blame their parents.
|The Hit Frederic Leighton|
I think it's interesting that one of the most famous paintings about Dads doesn't even feature a father at all...
|And When Did You Last See Your Father? (1878) William Frederick Yeames|
|Cordelia Comforting her Father, King Lear, in Prison (1886) George William Joy|
|Grace Darling and her Father William (1860) William Bell Scott|
I have learnt something new, I always thought it was just Good Old Grace and her dog who rescued everyone from the shipwreck of the Forfarshire in 1838, but her Dad was there too. Come to think of it, that makes far more sense than some random lass and her boarder collie, but every image I saw of her growing up had her bravely paddling a tiny rowing boat into a Biblically stormy sea. It's a nice example of father and daughter teamwork which makes you stop and think - I thought the Victorian era was all about men doing manly things. Apparently it was not only Father and Son but also Father and Daughter.
|Stock Investments: Stocks for Father (1864) Joseph Banner|
Really, this is not good. What does this teach children about adults, let alone their own father? Far better that the children are put in stocks, for their own good. That's the way they raise them in Wiltshire. Honest. I can tell you don't believe me...
Yep, that's me on the right. Moving on...
|Grandfather's Tale (1860) Edward Thompson Davis|
Not forgetting that grandfathers have of course been fathers at some point and now get the chance to get their own back (as my father says). Here we have a charming scene of a grandfather telling a story as his daughter and her children listen. My Dad tells a great story about how the Thuggee would sneak into the bathroom as you shampooed your hair and would get you if you closed your eyes. For those who don't know, the Thuggee were ancient Indian stranglers. I still can't close my eyes in the shower.
|Grandfather's Advice George Bernard O'Neill|
I think as you grow older, Dad or Granddad is there for advice. Mine can tell me all I need to know about beekeeping and fuchsias and many other things, including being a thoroughly decent human beings and maybe that is why father's and daughters are so often pictured together. Dad is the one with all the experience in the world and he is responsible for making sure she doesn't end up in trouble. This especially comes to light when your daughter wishes to marry...
|Hope William Powell Frith|
|Trust Me John Everett Millais|
The first of this pair is a young man asking for the hand of a young lady from her less than impressed father. Although this seems a hopelessly out-dated way of doing things (although Mr Walker had to ask for my hand in marriage, bless him), part of me thinks there maybe a few parents think this should be brought back, to save trouble later. I think Mr Walker would like to be able to refuse any useless wastrels who wish to marry Lily-Rose, he may have even drafted a rejection letter in preparation. The second picture shows a young woman attempting to hide a love letter from her father. It's uncertain who is saying 'Trust Me' - is it the father asking to be trusted to put the letter in the post bag (yes, that's going straight in the nearest hedge) or is it the daughter? 'No, really Dad, I've written to that nice young man who is training to be an architect, not that bohemian artist who lives in Chelsea and dresses up as a Cavalier in his spare time...'
|Arthur 'Daddy' Hughes and his daughter|
Well, I best draw this to a close and phone my Daddy. Happy Father's Day to all Dads, I'm sure you do a splendid job and are cherished by your loving children who will deep fry something and roll it in sugar for you later (just me then?). If you are feeling left out, you only have to wait to November 19th for International Men's Day (8th March is International Women's Day and Universal Children's Day is 20th November), so that's something to look forward to. Mind you, I would think the lack of greasy finger prints on your iPad is gift enough...
Happy Father's Day!