Posted by ESC on July 03, 2006
In Reply to: No answer came the stern reply posted by Stuart on July 03, 2006
: re: no answer came the stern reply
: My mother was sure that this was the non-response of the little boy to the question 'when did you last see your father?' - the title of the nineteenth centure painting by WF Yeames about the Civil War in the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, but iu have not been able to find any corroboration. It certainly fits well, but it could well be a mnatter of fitting the phrse to the painting after the event.
This has been discussed before. But I don't believe anyone had an answer on the origin. Anyone have new information?