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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA977222: Studio Of Mary Beale (1633-1699) 17th Century Baby Portrait Painting

Studio Of Mary Beale (1633-1699) 17th Century Baby Portrait Painting

£8,800    $11,214    €10,171
Extremely Rare Late 17thc ( 1660-80 ) Oil Portrait of a Baby holding a coral teether.
 
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ABOUT THE ARTIST ( Studio of Mary Beale )
 
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Mary Beale (née Cradock; late March 1633 – 8 October 1699) was one of the most successful professional female Baroque-era portrait painters of the late 17th century due to her perseverance of her business.
 
Praised by Richard Gibson and court painter Peter Lely, she is considered as successful as Joan Carlile.
 
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Joan Carlile was also an English portrait painter, who was one of the first women to practise painting professionally. Mary Beale managed to be the financial provider for her family through her professional portrait business.
 
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Mary Beale stood apart from other women due to her outspokenness and successful business that allowed her to be the breadwinner of the family.
 
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Portraits of babies from the 17th & 18th centuries are quite rare, and obviously desirable for their charm and appeal.
 
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This delightful portrait of a round-cheeked, blue-eyed infant is posed using the conventions established for formal European court portraiture, and as found in other early portraits of royal or aristocratic infants.
 
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The child is depicted full-length, sitting with a highly formalised velvet curtain drape in the background. As with other royal and noble portraits, the baby is shown propped up as if on a chair of state, and seemingly possessing the self-control and formal bearing normally found in portraiture of adults at court.
 
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The absence of a family armorial, combined with a lack of knowledge as to the portrait’s original provenance, make the identification the child problematic.
 
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However the scale and richness of composition, with the baby dressed in the finest and most expensive white satin dress trimmed with lace and holding an expensive hand crafted coral teether,suggests that at the very least, this is a child from an wealthy family.
 
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The prominence of the coral teet...
The antique presented on this page [ANTIQUE NUMBER SA977222] was made in the 17th Century:
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