Beautiful antique oil painting portrait / study of a young boy, quarter-length, in a brown coat and white shirt. Plaque reads as follows: Master Thornhill, William Owen R. A. (1769-1825). William Owen was an English portrait painter active in the early 19th Century. He attended the Royal Academy Schools and his studio was next door to the house in which Sir Joshua Reynolds lived. In 1810, Owen was appointed portrait painter to the Prince of Wales and in 1813 was offered a knighthood (which he declined). Ill health and a series of unfortunate events shortened his career. He died in 1825 after accidentally poisoning himself by taking an overdose of 'Barclay's Drops' – a mixture of aniseed, camphor and opium. The Master Thornhill mentioned in the plaque possibly refers to John Bensley Thornhill born in 1802 in Calcutta, Bengal, India, son of one of the Directors of the East India Company, John Thornhill. Dressing well-to-do children as cottage children is an artistic license also seen in Owen's painting "The Grandchildren of Sir William Heathcote" which is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Comes in a lovely gold leaf carved wood frame, no signature visible. Condition report upon request. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 24" by 20 1/4" (61 cm x 51.5 cm); Stretcher: 20 5/16" by 16 3/4" (51.6 cm by 42.6 cm ) approximately.