18TH CENTURY PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH DOLL AND PET BIRD - CIRCLE OF JOSEPH HIGHMORE.
Period Portraits are proud to offer this totally charming, sensitively rendered and highly decorative evocation of childhood. It was painted during the mid-eighteenth-century in England, by an artist in the circle of Joseph Highmore (1692-1780)
A pretty young girl stands upon a terrace, clutching her favourite doll. A pet tit dangles delicately from her free hand. The as yet unknown sitter wears a striking costume, which is comprised of a patterned silk dress, apron, and a lace fall cap with orange ribbon. A pair of yellow silk shoes peep from underneath the hem of her dress. Her companion in play, is herself dressed in identical costume from the period, and it is fashioned in blue silk.
The richness of the sitters costume and grand classical setting of a garden terrace, with formal gardens and a sprawling country house beyond, all elevate the sitter and leave us in no doubt, as to the social standing of this precious young girl.
This painting is offered in a high quality antique rococo frame.
Joseph Highmore (1692-1780). Highmore trained initially as a lawyer, however he was determined to pursue a career as an artist. He attended classes in Sir Godfrey Kneller's academy and in 1715 he established a portrait-painting practice. In his early work, Highmore adapted Kneller's style of portraiture. His later style was influenced by French Rococo artists, such as Philippe Mercier and Hubert Gravelot, who were established in London during the 1730s and 1740s.
Canvas: 40" x 50" / 102cm x 127cm. Frame: 52" x 62" / 132cm x 158cm.
Internal Ref: 00083
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