portrait of a young girl c1710 circle of charles d'agar

Portrait of a Young Girl c.1710; Circle of Charles D'Agar.



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Oil on canvas in the original carved and giltwood frame. The sitter is painted within a fashionable feigned carved stone oval.
The girl looks to be about 14 of 15 years old, which means she would be on the marriage market at that time. She holds a bunch of flowers which signifies two things; firstly they are a symbol of fecundity and future fruitfulness at a time when the main purpose of an aristocratic woman was to produce a son and heir.
Secondly, they are a reminder of the transience of youth and of life itself, especially when at this time the mortality rate for women in childbirth was high.
CHARLES D'AGAR (1669 - 1723) came to England with his Huguenot father Jacques in 1681, settling here permanently after a stay in Copenhagen by 1691. He had a good practice, numbering such people as the Duke of Buccleuch and Lord Bolingbroke among his patrons.
SIZE: 36 x 31.25 inches including frame.
PROVENANCE: Mawley Hall, Shropshire, built in the early 18th century by Sir James Blount, 4th baronet. (see images)
Internal Ref: 9152


Height = 91.6 cm (36")
Width = 79 cm (31")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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