Great Paintings: And when did you last see your father? by William Frederick Yeames

And when did you last see your father?
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The nineteenth century was a prime time for history painting. Traditionally, history painting-which takes its name from the Latin word historia, meaning story-is simply a narrative style of painting. However, in the nineteenth century, British painters took history painting in a different direction and increasingly used the genre to portray events…