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Miniature - Portrait miniature of the Right Honourable J. A. Plantaganet Stewart as a boy
  • Portrait miniature of the Right Honourable J. A. Plantaganet Stewart as a boy
    Hazlehurst, Thomas
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Portrait miniature of the Right Honourable J. A. Plantaganet Stewart as a boy

  • Object:

    Miniature

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hazlehurst, Thomas (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Alan Evans Bequest, given by the National Gallery

  • Museum number:

    EVANS.133

  • Gallery location:

    Portrait Miniatures, Room 90a, The International Music and Art Foundation Gallery, case 11

Since Tudor times small boys from the well-off classes had been dressed in their early years in exactly the same clothes as girls, often until the age of six. The process of ‘breeching’, when the boy shed his petticoats, was a proud family occasion. At this time a boy would finally be dressed in a smaller version of adult clothes.

By 1800, when this portrait was painted by Hazelhurst, the situation for children was changing: boys usually graduated out of dresses at about four years old. But the Right Honourable J. A. Plantagenet Stewart, seen here, would seem to be about eight. His dress closely resembles the standard dress worn by girls at this time--white muslin, high-waisted, and with a low drawstring neck and short sleeves. For girls this loose form of dress marked a revolution in freedom compared with the corsets and frippery of earlier years. But it seems somewhat unfortunate for a boy to be dressed at such a late age in this feminine style.

Physical description

Portrait miniature on ivory of the Right Honourable J. A. Plantaganet Stewart as a boy

Place of Origin

England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1800 (painted)

Artist/maker

Hazlehurst, Thomas (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on ivory

Dimensions

Height: 76 mm, Width: 63 mm

Descriptive line

Portrait miniature of the Right Honourable J. A. Plantaganet Stewart as a boy, by Thomas Hazlehurst, British, ca. 1800

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of Miniatures in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Emmett Microform, 1981

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Children's clothing

Categories

Portraits; Paintings; Childrens' clothes; Children & Childhood

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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