William Samuel Horton (1865-1936)
Punch and Judy on the Beach
signed 'William. S. Horton.' (lower right)
oil on board
17½ x 21½ in. (44.5 x 54.6 cm.)
Painted circa 1912.
Galerie R. Creuze, Paris, France.
Galerie Charpentier, Paris, France.
P. Navez, Paris, France.
Maurice Sternberg Galleries, Chicago, Illinois.
R.H. Love Galleries, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
American Art Review, vol. 4, July 1977, p. 12, illustrated.
Paris, France, Galerie R. Creuze, Horton Exposition, May 1947, no. 13 (as Plage Anglaise).
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The roots of the Punch and Judy marionette show date back to 1662 England. Usually brought to life by a single puppeteer, the outrageous dark comedy involved the husband and wife characters quarreling, mishandling their baby, and battling supernatural foes with jokes and songs sprinkled in between. An icon of English culture, modern versions of Punch and Judy are still performed today.

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