portrait of a girl feeding a deer c1720 by thomas gibson

Portrait of a Girl Feeding a Deer c.1720, by Thomas Gibson.


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Oil on canvas in a period carved giltwood frame.
This is a charming portrait of a girl of a wealthy family depicted feeding a deer; the animal may have been a pet but is more likely to be symbololic.
In the Christian world, the deer is a symbol of piety, devotion and of God taking care of his children; in mythology the female deer symbolizes beauty, femininity, gentleness and grace.
The blossoming rose to the left of the girl is a symbol of her youth, beauty and future fruitfulness.
The sitter wears fashionable clothes trimmed with very expensive lace.
THOMAS GIBSON c1680-1751.
He was a leading portrait painter by 1711, painting much in the style of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Principal Painter to the Royal Court), when he was appointed a founding director of Godfrey Kneller's Academy in London; among his pupils there was George Vertue. Gibson's sitters included a number of important public figures: Dr Henry Sacheverell (1710; Oxford, Magdalen Coll.), John Flamsteed (1712; Oxford, Bodleian Lib.), Sir Robert Walpole (untraced; engr. G. Bockman), Archbishop William Wake (Oxford, Christ Church Picture Gallery) and Archbishop John Potter (London, Lambeth Palace). His most constant patron was John Poulett, 1st Earl Poulett (16631743), who commissioned a great number of originals and copies.
Gibson's career was interrupted in 1729-31 by serious illness, and he was obliged to sell his collection and for a time retire to Oxford. After resuming his practice he was patronized by Augusta, Princess of Wales, who in 1742 commissioned a group portrait of her four children, as well as her own portrait (both British Royal Collection).
SIZE: 59 x 45 inches framed.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of the late Anne, Lady Winnington of Brockhill Court, Worcestershire, and London.
Internal Ref: 9052


Height = 150 cm (59")
Width = 114 cm (45")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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