Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of a Young Boy Fishing 1840c.

Richard Buckner (1812-1883)

Portrait of a Young Boy Fishing, Richard Buckner
Oil on canvas
19th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
Richard Buckner demonstrates himself by works such as this to be very much the heir of the British painters of the eighteenth century. In this charming portrayal of a young boy, imagined as a fisherman, one can discern shades of Sir Joshua Reynolds's paintings of children, whilst as a colourist he is reminiscent of Lawrence.

This manner proved exceedingly popular in his time, and admirers included patrons such 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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