"Two Little Girls In The Garden With The Dog. 1874. A. Blaikley"Two little girls in the garden with the dog.
Painting by Alexandre Blaikley (1816-1903), English portrait painter, from 1874.
Alexander Blaikley was a painter of portraits and figures, as well as an accomplished silhouettist. Originally from Ulster, his parents moved to Glasgow where his mother ran a workshop for putting embroideries on to muslin. As a small boy, Blaikley was given the task of cutting surplus muslin. He became very skilful with scissors and later used this skill to create cut-out silhouette portraits. After the death of his first wife, Blaikley moved to London where in 1842 he remarried and settled permanently. Specialising in portraits and landscapes, Blaikley’s commissions included portraits of the Prussian Royal family and the Duke and Duchess of Montrose. Also well-known is his depiction of the famous physicist Michael Faraday lecturing at the Royal Institution in 1855.
Technique: pastel on paper.
It represents two little girls elegantly dressed in light dresses and pretty shoes.
They have flowers in their hands and a small dog, a companion for games and walks.
The scene takes place in nature, but a curious detail, to make the child take the right pose, the painter leaves a small stool under his feet for the comfort of the model during the persistent hours of the painter's pose.
The painting is in a modern frame and protected by the opaque anti-reflective tape measure.