English early 19th century portrait of a girl in a blue dress
English early 19th century portrait of a girl in a blue dress

Early 19th century oil of a seated girl in a blue dress

 

British provincial school.  A portrait of a young girl in a blue dress seated on a bench, in a landscape.  English provincial school, first decade 19th century, oil on canvas.  In a large and elaborate early 19th century swept gilt frame. Unsigned.  

 

Sight:    23.5" x 20"    (59cm x 51cm)

Frame:  31" x 27.5"   ( 79cm x 70cm)

 

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Ref: 114

 

Dressed in a very pretty blue dress with a matching ribbon on her bonnet, our blue girl wears a coral bead necklace.  Coral necklaces were given to many children until well into the 19th century.  In a time of high infant mortality the wearing of coral was regarded as giving protection against illness.

The setting is  'gothick', a high stone wall against which creepers grow, with Constable style trees.  In all, a typical portrait of the period, in that despite the setting, the girl appears a little like a paper cut out, not quite sitting on but sliding off  the bench.