"Portrait Of A Girl C.1720; Circle Of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)"In this attractive portrait painted c.1720 a young lady is seated in an Arcadian landscape. The mythical land of Arcadia was a place where love and happiness reigned and was a fashionable setting for portraiture and literature. This young lady conveys a sense of calm and serenity as she looks confidently at the viewer. An enchanting and attractive image.
Provenance: Homes Smith (1830) as per inscription verso; Property of a Lady, private Uk collectionAn inscription on verso states “This picture was purchased by my father Homes Smith about 1830”. Perhaps John Homes Smith (1797-1868) who was a prolific artist, well known in Worcester and Shropshire as a painter of horses, hounds, hunting pictures and portraits. Gilbert Bakewell Stretton (the artist’s grandson) was a collector who bequeathed his collection to the Royal Academy London in the early 20th century
Measurements: Height 88cm, Width 75cm framed (Height 34.5”, Width 29.5” framed)