Offered for sale is an early 19th century painting of “The Strawberry Girl” rendered by a follower or from the school of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792). The painting is housed in a magnificent gilded Rococo frame with carved elements. The scene depicts a charming young girl against a dark landscape. She is slightly bent over as she carries a bundle of strawberries in her folded apron. Her deep brown eyes stare warily at the observer.
The Strawberry Girl is one of Reynolds' most recognizable portraits. "Strawberry girls" were often found in 18th century England selling their wares on street corners and in the “Strawberry Gardens.” They were usually from poor backgrounds and their plight was of interest to Reynolds. When painting these mis-fortunates, he was not constrained by the rules and rigors of painting his usual aristocratic subjects and was free to experiment with new techniques. This portrait remained one of his most admired pieces, and copies were produced by both his pupils and his followers in various sizes.
This is a lovely 19th century example painted in fine detail by a talented artist with strong rich colors both on the child and in the background. The painting has been recently relined and appears to be in wonderful condition. The frame has been professionally restored with areas of re-gilding and added gold wash; it is a stunning contrast to the darkness of the background and the luminosity of the subject.
Size of Frame: 43” Height by 33 ½” Width
Size of Image: 29 ¼” Height by 24 ½” Width.
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