Richard Van Bleeck (The Hague 1670-1733 London) Portrait of a Boy with Parrot

Richard Van Bleeck (The Hague 1670-1733 London) Portrait of a Boy with Parrot

1732 United Kingdom

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Richard Van Bleeck (The Hague 1670-1733 London) Portrait of a boy, three-quarter length, in a blue velvet coat and embroidered waistcoat, offering cherries to a parrot resting on his hand. Signed and dated 'RVBleeck/ F. 1732' (lower right). Oil on canvas in a period wreath pattern giltwood frame.
Dimensions: 85.5 x 73.5cm

Richard Van Bleeck was born in The Hague in the Netherlands in 1670 and was the son of a sculptor. In 1695 he was the master of a studio and a member of the Guild in The Hague but in the same year he left for London. His work at this time includes his portrait of Sir James Holt c. 1700 which can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery in London. He returned to The Hague in 1705, the year in which he painted his celebrated portrait of the still-life painter, Coenraet Roepel. By 1727 he had returned to London where he established a successful portrait practice, notably among Roman Catholic families.
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Probably Sir Henry Hope Edwardes Bt., Wooton Hall, Derbyshire and by descent to
Lt Col. Herbert James Hope-Edwardes, Netley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to
Lady More ( née Hope Edwardes formerly, Coldwell) , Netley Hall and subsequently Linley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent.
Possibly, T. Cox, Inventory of the contents of Netley Hall, Shropshire, 1917, p.10 (dining room), where identified as 'Sir Thomas Edwardes when a youth'.

Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters'. 1981.
Height 85.50 cm (33.66 inches)
Width 73.50 cm (28.94 inches)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas
RVBleeck F. 1732
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