Robert DOWLING
England 1827 – England 1886
Australia 1834-1857, 1884-1886

Breakfasting out 1859
oil on canvas
61.0 (h) x 91.5 (w) cm
Museum of London, Britain , Purchased 1953

Breakfasting out records an early London street scene. It shows a varied group of characters, including a journeyman, a cleaner, a flower-seller, a coffee-vendor and her friend, a predatory ‘toff’ ‘eyeing off’ a milliner carrying a hat box. It was Dowling’s first Royal Academy success.