Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Journey of 'The Blue Boy'

From Daily Art Magazine:

The Blue Boy is a large painting about 48 inches (120 cm) wide and 70 inches (180 cm) tall. It is believed that this painting wasn’t commissioned, but was created expressly for the Royal Academy exhibition of 1770. Standing in the center is an ostentatiously dressed young boy with dark wavy hair and dark eyes. In his right hand is a black hat and his left supports a cloak. His cheeks and lips are flushed pink. His left foot is advanced to emphasize his captivating clothing. The boy is set within a backdrop of typically Gainsborough-esque stormy skies and there is a slight illumination over the low horizon to the left. It has long been speculated that the subject of this painting was its early owner, Jonathan Buttall, however, this has never been conclusively established. There have also been speculations that suggest the sitter may have been Gainsborough’s nephew, Gainsborough Dupont. (Read more.)

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