Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Rural Charity 1790s

John Raphael Smith (1752-1812)

Rural Charity, John Raphael Smith
Oil on canvas
18th Century
The subject of this painting is not certain. The seated man is too well-dressed to a be an object of charity, as often seen in the fashionable genre at this date in which elegant patrons dispense kindness to beggars and the rural poor. He is offering the women a rose. Smith was an accomplished engraver and pastel painter, and this painting shows he was also a master of oils.
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