portrait of a lady and her child c1818 by george henry harlow

Portrait of a Lady and her Child c.1818; By George Henry Harlow.


Price

£6,850
| $9,121 USD | €7,761 EUR


Item Ref

9035

Description

Oil on canvas in the original frame.
Painted very much in the style of Lawrence, this is an enchanting double portrait with great charm and a sense of intimacy.
The skin tones are beautifully rendered and the costly jewellery depicted with with great care and accuracy. The young mother looks off to her right whilst her child, toying with a ring on the mother's hand, looks directly at us from across the centuries.
GEORGE HENRY HARLOW (1787-1819), was a highly-regarded English portrait painter.
He was born in St. James's Street, London, on 10 June 1787 and was for a short time at Westminster School, but having shown a predilection for painting, he was placed under Henry De Cort, the landscape-painter. He next worked under Samuel Drummond, A.R.A., the portrait-painter, but after about a year entered the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.
Harlow determined to devote himself to painting, he remained for about eighteen months in Lawrence's studio, copying his pictures, and occasionally drawing preliminary portions of Lawrence's own productions. A difference about Harlow's work for one of Lawrence's pictures led to a breach with Lawrence.
Young, headstrong, and impatient of restraint, with a handsome person and amiable disposition, he was generally popular in society. He worked, however, with industry and enthusiasm in his art.
He exhibited for the first time at the Academy in 1804, sending a portrait of Dr. Thornton. In later years he exhibited many other portraits; his portraits are well conceived, and, though much in the manner and style of Lawrence, have a character of their own. His portraits of ladies were always graceful and pleasing.
In 1818 Harlow visited Italy for the purpose of studying the old masters. At Rome his personal gifts and accomplishments made him the hero of the day. He was elected a member for merit of the Academy of St. Luke at Rome, a most unusual distinction for an English artist, and was invited to paint his own portrait for the Uffizi gallery of painters at Florence. His artistic progress in Italy was remarkable, but on his return to England on 13 Jan. 1819 he was seized with a glandular affection of the throat, which proved fatal on 4 Feb.
He was in his thirty-second year. He was buried under the altar of St. James's, Piccadilly, and his funeral was attended by the eminent artists of the day.
Many of his portraits have been engraved, and those of James Northcote, Fuseli, Thomas Stothard, William Beechey, John Flaxman, and others are highly esteemed. His own portrait, painted by himself for the gallery at Florence, was engraved for Ranalli's Imperiale e Reale Galleria di Firenze.
SIZE: 42 x 35.5 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: London Private Collection.
Verso: old labels for James Bourlet (storage) and the name of a previous owner and her Holland Park address in London (c.1950)
Internal Ref: 9035


Dimensions

Height = 107 cm (42")
Width = 90 cm (36")
Depth = 12 cm (5")


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