Portrait of a Young Boy and His Dog, early 18th century: English School.
By Roy Precious From United Kingdom
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Oil on canvas in giltwood frame.
An early 18th century naive portrait of a young gentleman, expensively and fashionably dressed...a plain brown coat and a fine silver laced blue waistcoat was a combination much favoured by the English gentry and prosperous merchant class.(See the portrait of John Wright by Heins on this website).
The sitter's pet dog is shown at his feet... dogs also symbolised trust and loyalty.
This portrait would have been painted by one of the many provincial portraitists working at the time. Self taught, untutored, they frequently created entrancing images of their sitters...rarely flattering, they have a powerful directness that makes them very appealing to the modern viewer.
SIZE: 55 x 45.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: A Suffolk country house collection.
Verso: an old label for the famous art dealers The Parker Gallery, Albermarle Street, London.
We specialise in portraits from the 16th to the early 20th century, we also stock some 17th and 18th century ship paintings, furniture of the 17th and 18th centuries, and other artefacts dating from 200 B.C. to the 20th century.We have sold to many important collections including The Historic Royal Palaces collection and The Yale Center for British Art. Viewing is by appointment, or an arrangement can be made for the item to be brought to your home for inspection.