Attributed to Henry Robert Morland (British, 1716-1797) or his School
The Unlucky Boy
Unsigned, identified on a label from The Leger Galleries, Ltd., London, and on a modern auction label, both affixed to the back of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, fine craquelure, scattered minor paint losses.
Provenance: Purchased by the grandfather of the current owner, probably from The Leger Galleries, Ltd., thence by family descent.
N.B. The birth year of Henry Robert Morland has been debated. For the entry here we have used the date on the Getty Research Institute Union List of Artist Names Online. This composition was reproduced as a mezzotint in 1772.
A small area of craquelure with tenting to lower center edge. Fine craquelure overall, with broader craquelure in the highlighted areas of the faces and clothing. Heavily varnished.
Framed dimensions are 36 1/4 x 31 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. Artist identified on a presentation plaque on the frame. The frame also bears the number "148" on the front to the left of the presentation plaque.
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