Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Young Child with a Dog, 1830s 

Richard Buckner (1812-1883)

Portrait of a Young Child with a Dog, 1830s, Richard Buckner
Oil on canvas
19th Century
36 x 28 inches 91.8 x 71.8 cm
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In this portrait of a young child with a spaniel sitting in a landscape Buckner reveals his debt to the great painters of the eighteenth century: one can discern shades of Sir Joshua Reynolds's paintings of children, whilst as a colourist he is reminiscent of Lawrence.

As a portraitist he enjoyed considerable patronage, and his admirers included figuires of such stature as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, Queen Adelaide, Lord Kilmorey and the Duke of Hamilton. In the opinion of Jeremy Maas ''He was one of the few portrait painters of the 19th century whose work could hold its own when hung in country houses alongside the work of Reynolds and Gainsborough.''(1)

(1) J Maas Victorian Painters 1970.
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