RARE VICTORIAN FRAMED PORTRAIT MINIATURE BLUE BOY after Gainsborough. This is a Beautiful Victorian framed Hand Painted Portrait Miniature of the Blue Boy, i would date this to circa 1840 making it over 180 years old, though it may be older, this is fully signed though i cant make out the name, it is after the wonderful Gainsborough painting called the blue boy, this is of a fine quality and the detailing is stunning, he as you can see is wearing his blue coat with matching blue breeches, he has lovely cream stockings pulled up to the knee and tied with wonderful bows to hold them up, under his coat you will see a lace white shirt with a wonderful. Crimped or pleated collar or frill, with the same matching cuffs, he is holding his. Seventeenth century, they would normally be made in felt.
And trimmed with an ostrich feather, he is wearing black shoes with a matching bow made from silk, he has a wonderful delicate face, the detailing to his face is beautiful, this portrait miniature is signed but hard to see exactly what the name is, but i have taken a close up so it can be seen, the frame is wonderfully crafted and engraved with a black. Decoration, it has a lovely oval glass covering for protection.The clothing this young man is wearing was the fashion in the 17th century period, to the back it has a brown paper like material and covered in a tape the quality of the craftsmanship is super, this will add something very special to any collection. The Blue Boy is no Royal. Gainsborough painted The Blue Boy, an oil on canvas, around 1770 and drew inspiration from the 17th century Flemish painter Van Dyck and his Portrait of Charles, Lord Strange.
Paying carefull attention to his subjects and the fine details of their features and expressions, Gainsborough also believed in using the surrounding backdrop to set the scene for their mood and character. At heart, Gainsborough was far more inclined to paint landscapes and once famously admitted that he only painted portraits for the income they brought him but landscapes were his real love.
Despite giving the Blue Boy a regal yet relaxed appearance, the young lad in the painting is not a member of the royal family. For years, art historians pondered over his identity, with the final verdict being that he was Jonathan Buttall, the son of a wealthy hardware merchant with whom Gainsborough had struck up a friendship. The Inspiration for the Portrait. There are several theories about the inspiration for The Blue Boy.
Some believe that Gainsborough may have painted him out of spite for his hated rival, the portrait artist Sir Joshua Reynolds. Roynolds held strong opinions about the use of colour in portraits and had specifically stated that paintings should always contain a warm, mellow colour, made up of yellows, reds or a yellowish white. Reynolds also thought that colder colours such as blue, grey and green should only play a supporting role to off-set these warmer colours. What's more, to achieve this, he believed that they should only be used very sparingly.
In fact, The Blue Boy is quite the opposite, with blue clearly dominating the entire portrait. The Painting's Journey over Time. The portrait was unveiled in 1770 at the Royal Academy and, as Gainsborough had hoped, it enjoyed a rave reception at this prestigious newly-opened venue.
Viewers liked the vubrant colours and well-thought-through brush strokes, making it an instant success. The Blue Boy makes such an impact with its life-size dimensions, measuring 1.78 m x 1.12 m. Initially, the subject of the portrain, Jonathan Buttall, owned the painting. Frame 5.5 inches height.... The item "LOVELY VICTORIAN FRAMED PORTRAIT MINIATURE BLUE BOY after Gainsborough SIGNED" is in sale since Monday, May 10, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "antique_treasure_chest" and is located in Ledbury. This item can be shipped worldwide.