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)
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.