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Portrait miniature - Portrait miniature of a boy dressed in blue
  • Portrait miniature of a boy dressed in blue
    Unknown Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788
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Portrait miniature of a boy dressed in blue

  • Object:

    Portrait miniature

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-1850 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Portrait miniature

  • Museum number:

    P.1-1917

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case BECK2, shelf 7

Physical description

Anonymous portrait miniature of a boy dressed in blue, in a chased silver gilt frame.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1775-1850 (painted)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Thomas Gainsborough, born 1727 - died 1788 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Portrait miniature

Object history note

This anonymous portrait miniature is after, or in the style of, Thomas Gainsborough. 'The Blue Boy' by Gainsborough (c. 1770) is an oil painting, perhaps one of the artist's most famous works. It is thought to be a portrait of Jonathan Buttall, the son of a wealthy hardware merchant, although this was never proved. It is a historical costume study as well as a portrait: the youth in his 17th-century apparel is regarded as Gainsborough's homage to Anthony Van Dyck, and in particular is very close to Van Dyck's portrait of Charles II as a boy.

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Anonymous portrait miniature of a boy dressed in blue, after Thomas Gainsborough. Great Britain, ca. late 18th, early 19th century.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Portrait

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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