The Reading Lesson – framed Pears advertising print


The Reading Lesson

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This 18” x 25” Pears print is matted in 1 ¾” cornsilk blue, enclosed in a 1 ¾” maple finished, wood frame with glare resistant glass – Complete Size: 24½” wide X 30¾” tall. Smaller framed and matted prints are selling for $130 – $200 in stores and online. SEBR is asking $120 plus insured shipping & packaging ($45).


The original oil painting, then titled “Compulsory Education”, was created by British artist, Briton Reviere, around 1909. While the location of the original oil is currently unknown, “Compulsory Education” was chosen by Pears Soap Company in the early 20th century for an advertising poster. Pears were famous for marketing campaigns of advertisements featuring famous paintings such as John Everett Millais’ Bubbles and William Powell Frith’s New Frock. The subject matter of Briton Riviére’s painting, coupled with the immaculate white dress the little girl is wearing in it made “Compulsory Education” a perfect choice for Pears advertising group. The name of the Pears print was changed to “The Reading Lesson”. Although the original painting has not be seen for many years, the Pears print has ensured that the image has remained well-known.

25” x 18” print, 1 ¾” matting, whole 24 ½ x 30 ¾ inches, 1 ¾” maple finish.

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Dimensions 24.5 × 1.75 × 30.75 in