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The young boy looks confidentally out at the viewer, standing with relaxed elegance...one hand on his hip, the other on his dog's head.
Although the animal was probably his pet, in portraiture a dog represents fidelity and trust; also when included in a child's portait it can signify how children, like animals, need to be trained and disciplined to become responsible adults.
BARTHOLOMEW DANDRIDGE 1691-c.1755. His initial training was at the St Martin’s Lane Academy and with Sir Godfrey Kneller, whose studio and practice he took over in 1731 after the latter’s death.
Although trained in the style of Kneller, he was amongst the first in England to respond to the innovations of the rococo which were being imported into England from France in the early and mid 1730’s. These have a liveliness of composition and lightness and freshness of palette which divides them absolutely from the style of the 1720’s.
|External Height||36.00 inch||(91.44 cm)|
|External Width||31.00 inch||(78.74 cm)|