Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Rural Charity 1790s

John Raphael Smith 

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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