|Here's the Gobbler! (1877) Sophie Anderson|
Well, where to start? Here we have a little munchkin carrying a giant turkey through his front room to impress his sisters. Well, one of his sisters, as the one at the back looks a bit scared. That is a massive turkey, this painting could be re-titled (and I'll use the polite version) 'Got me a turkey, girls love turkey...'
I'm fairly familiar with Anderson's work and knew that she liked to show children and young adults looking very cute and delightful, as in the following examples:
|The Turtle Dove|
|The Christmas Hamper Robert Braithwaite Martineau|
I love the way that the boy's costume of black and red reflects the turkey, as if they are topsy-turvy reflections of each other. The little boy must be around 10 years old, which makes me wonder how many people the family are planning to feed with that enormous bird. I mean, really, for goodness sake, I have a rule in the house that I don't wish to cook anything heavier than the baby I gave birth to. Maybe the boy's glee at the massive quantity of feathery food he's hauling into his home is because he plans to scoff the lot. Maybe the 'gobbler' in the title refers to him.
The delicacy of the background gives a nice contrast to the confidence of the turkey-boy...
|No, I said 'Christmas Turkey', not 'Christmas, Turkey'!|