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Oil painting - A Naughty Child

A Naughty Child

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1834 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on millboard

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.98[O]

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 122, case WE

Object Type
Oil paintings with scenes of children became popular with collectors such as John Sheepshanks and the Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend, as well as appealing to the sentimental tastes of a very wide section of the Victorian public.

Subjects Depicted
The success of this painting was remarkable and led to a number of commissions for child portraits. It was thought that the subject of this painting was a boy who was brought to the studio but refused to remain where he was put. His mother, exasperated, sent him to stand `in the corner' and Landseer decided to paint him as he stood. An alternative possibility is that it is a portrait of Landseer's own daughter, the second child of a liaison with Georgiana, Duchess of Bedford. It is hard to tell because of the custom of dressing young children of both sexes alike, until the boys were old enough to wear breeches.

People
Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873) was a child prodigy, exhibiting some drawings at the Royal Academy when he was only 13. Queen Victoria collected his paintings as did John Sheepshanks. The two biggest collections of his work are in the Royal Collection and here in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Physical description

Oil on millboard depicting a full-length portrait of a child in the corner of a room, beside a broken frame resembling a blackboard in pieces on the floor.

Place of Origin

Britain (painted)

Date

1834 (painted)

Artist/maker

Landseer, Edwin Henry (Sir), born 1802 - died 1873 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on millboard

Dimensions

Height: 38.1 cm, Width: 27.9 cm, Depth: 5.5 cm, Height: 53 cm framed, Width: 42.5 cm framed

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857. By Sir Edwin Henry Landseer RA (born in London, 1802, died there in 1873)

Exhibited at the British Institution 1834

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'A Naughty Child' by Edwin Henry Landseer. Great Britain, 1834.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 147

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The success of this painting was remarkable and led to a number of commissions to Edwin Landseer for child portraits. It was thought that the little boy was brought to the studio but misbehaved. His mother, exasperated, sent him to stand 'in the corner' and Landseer decided to paint him as he stood. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Oil paint; Millboard

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children

Categories

Paintings; Children & Childhood; Images Online; Anthropomorphism

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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