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On the right of the picture is a group of figures descending a staircase. Nearing the bottom, in the foreground, is a young Turk or Arab, wearing a fez, white scarf, blue pullover, gold cummerbund, white harem pants, blue stockings and shoes without laces. He grasps the stair-rail with his right hand, and looks at the old sailor on his left, whom he is supporting. The old man has full white whiskers, and wears an old coat, blue trousers, coloured cravat and red and white slippers. In his lapel he has a sprig of holly. He holds his walking stick in his left hand, and is about to place it on the lower step before putting his foot down. Behind this group is a young man in a sailor's blue shirt and collar. His right arm is in a sling, and he tweaks the ear of a boy who offers him a sprig of mistletoe.
Friends in Adversity, Christmas Day at the Dreadnought Hospital, Greenwich (Coming Down to Dinner)
oil on canvas
H 254 x W 193 cm
purchased from the artist, possibly via Mr C. B. Cox, 1882