Portrait of Cherub Children
Portrait of Cherub Children
Portrait of Cherub Children
Portrait of Cherub Children
Portrait of Cherub Children
Portrait of Cherub Children

After JOSHUA REYNOLDS (1723-1792)

Portrait of Cherub Children

1885 to 1900 British

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We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely oil painting by artist Emily J Floris executed after 1885 (the date of her marriage to Charles Lewis Floris)

Emily Jane Floris was born in Lambeth in 1843 and married the artist Charles Lewis Floris (1848-1931) in 1885 in Windsor. In the Census records of 1891 and 1911, they were living at 7 Fitzwilliam Road, Clapham, London. Emily died in the borough of Wandsworth in 1920 and Charles in 1931. They were both listed as Artists and Picture Painters, although in 1911 Charles was also listed as an Art Teacher.

Frame: The painting has been newly framed in a 3 1/8" gilt frame. It will be supplied wired and ready to hang.

The original painting by Reynolds was entitled A Child's Portrait in Different Views 'Angel's Heads' and was painted in 1786-7. This was several views of the head of the 5 year old Lady Frances Isabella Keir Gordon (1782-1831) who sat for Reynolds in July and August 1786 and again in March 1787, the year in which it was exhibited. She was the only daughter of Lord William Gordon and his wife Frances Ingram (1761-1841), on whose death in 1841 it was bequeathed to the National Gallery. It is now on view at Tate Britain.
Generally very good with just one repair to the canvas and some minor craquelure with slight stretcher marks consistent with age, but the surface is clean and there is no paint loss.Very respectable order.
Emily has 1 painting in the National Collection - a portrait of John Hannah, Vicar of Brighton which is in the Brighton & Hove Museum. A collection of 7 of her watercolours was sold by Christie's in 2004 for £1,076 at South Kensington, the first one of which was a picture of a young girl entitled 'Innocence'.

We also found a book for sale online entitled Reynolds and Children's Portraiture in England by W. J. Loftie, published by Blackie & Son, which contains a section called Practical hints for figure painting in watercolour by E. J. Floris.
Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (b.16 July 1723 – d. 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. He promoted the "Grand Style" in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect.

He was a founder and first president of the Royal Academy of Arts, and was knighted by George III in 1769.
External Height 36.00 inch (91.44 cm)
External Width 31.00 inch (78.74 cm)
External Depth 2.00 inch (5.08 cm)
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Oil on Canvas
Emily J. Floris , whose name is inscribed on the stretcher of the canvas also inscribed on the canvas is 'Original picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds in the National Gallery'.
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