OIL PAINTING: The London Bootblack, 1882
This painting of Bastien- Lepage - The London Bootblack appears to date from 1882. The boy's clothes can be broadly dated to the 1880s, though rural costume tends to be conservative and less affected by changes in fashion, and therefore harder to date with precision. The canvas itself bears the rubber-stamped imprint 'Foinet', used to mark the canvases which this firm provided between 1880 and 1898. A date in the early 1880s seems most probable, being both the time of Bastien-Lepage's mature, most confident style, and also the period when his paintings inspired many imitators.