Robert Byng (1666-1720) Portrait of Two Children

Robert Byng (1666-1720) Portrait of Two Children

1697 England

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A portrait of two children on a terrace overlooking a garden. The girl, standing, wears a white dress with blue cloak attached with pearls and holds a basket of flowers in one hand and a sprig of orange blossom in the other. The younger child is seated on a plinth wearing a white dress and russet coloured cloak with an ostrich feather headress, holding a pet dog. An angel looks down on them from above. Signed and dated 'R. Byng fecit 16..'' (probably 1697). Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 49 x 39in (without frame)

Christies London, 5th April 1946, lot 22, sold by R. N. V. Sutton Esq. to Berendt
Private collection Sweden
An image of this portrait is featured on page 40 in 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' by Ellis Waterhouse, 1988.

Robert Byng (Wiltshire 1666-1720 Oxford) was a portrait painter born in Wiltshire to Thomas and Anne 'Binge'. His younger brother Edward was a drapery painter to Kneller and his principal assistant until Kneller's death. His earliest dated portraits were painted c.1697 and show the influence of Kneller who may also have been his master. There are drawings by both Edward and Robert Byng in The British Museum which include a large number of studies of portraits by Kneller. Robert lived in Oxford since before 1714 and was buried there in August 1720.
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Ellis Waterhouse 'Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters' 1988, page 40
Sir Roy Strong 'The British Portrait 1660-1960', 1991, page 126
Height 49.00 inch (124.46 cm)
Width 39.00 inch (99.06 cm)
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Oil on canvas
R. Byng fecit 16...
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