A half-length portrait of a boy with a spaniel, circle of Robert Byng. The sitter is posed in a fashionable grey coat with large round-edged turned up cuffs. In his right hand he holds a collar over the head of the spaniel, indicating that the dog belongs to him. The bond between them is obvious and it is clear the boy has taken great trouble to train his dog. In portraits, dogs were often used to represent social status but were also a symbol of fidelity. The portrait has been painted by a skilled artist who has been influenced by Robert Byng.
Robert Byng was a portrait artist from Wiltshire. He worked as a studio assistant to Sir Godfrey Kneller, a leading portrait painter working in England during the late 17th and early 18th century. As well as working in Kneller’s studio Byng produced a number of works in his own right. Examples of his paintings can be found in public art collections including Wells City Council, Thetford Museum & the University of Oxford.
The reverse of the frame bears the remnants of an old label (see images) belonging to James Bourlet & Sons Ltd a fine art framer and restorer who were based at 17 & 18 Nassau Street, London from 1895-1974. The company was first set up in 1828 and traded as James Bourlet & Sons from 1896-1910, James Bourlet & Sons Ltd from 1911-1983, Bourlet Frames Ltd from 1980-1991 and Bourlet from 1994. The style of the label indicates it is from the 1960-1970’s period when they were James Bourlet & Sons Ltd.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||29.5 inches x 24 inches (75cm x 61cm)|
|Framed Size||35.5 inches x 30.25 inches (90cm x 77cm)|