PORTRAIT OF A CHILD WITH SPARROW AND SPANIEL - C. 1670. ATTRIBUTED TO MARY BEALE.
Portrait of a child, full-length with a sparrow and King Charles spaniel. 17th century oil on canvas in a later carved and gilded Lely style frame.
Mary Beale ( 1633-1699)
The daughter of a Suffolk clergyman, Mary married Charles Beale, an artist's colour-man, in 1652. A painter working professionally from the mid-1650s, Mary Beale produced numerous portraits, particularly of her family and friends, who included a number of prominent churchmen. She was a friend of Sir Peter Lely. Many details of her busy working life are recorded in the notebooks kept by her husband, Charles Beale, who acted as her studio assistant.
This rare 17th century portrait of a child has considerable charm. Research by Adam Busiakiewicz (Independent Art Historian) has revealed compositional similarities between this painting and a portrait of Queen Anne by Peter Lely in The Royal Collection. Stylistically the picture offered here it is closer to Mary Beale and research is ongoing.
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Internal Ref: 00005
Canvas: 35.5" x 29.5" / 89cm x 75cm
Frame: 41”x 35" / 105cm x 89cm