- Sir Joseph Kinsey Collection. Gifted by Lady Kinsey, 1936
- 860 x 760mm
William Lee Hankey favoured rural village scenes and in this work the title offers a clue to the narrative being played out before us. The subject of the village tittle-tattle is the woman in the foreground holding a child, most likely born out of wedlock. In contrast to the child who is embraced with confidence by the gossiping women, her grasp of her baby is tentative and uncomfortable. They bar the way to the houses in the background in which a figure, possibly the illegitimate child’s father, stands silhouetted against the warm light that emanates from the interior beyond.