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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 332

    English School, 18th Century

    Portrait of a girl, full-length, with a goldfinch

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    English School, 18th Century
    Portrait of a girl, full-length, with a goldfinch
    oil on canvas
    56 5/8 x 40 3/8 in. (143.9 x 102.7 cm.)


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    This portrait exemplifies the English taste for depictions of elegantly dressed children in palatial settings, often posed with their favorite pets or toys. Here, a tame goldfinch perches on the raised index finger of a young girl with only a thin, twisting loop of string securing the bird's leg to her lowered hand.

    Provenance

    Mrs. James R. Page.
    Mrs. John Wilson, by whom gifted c. 1975 to
    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, sold to benefit the art acquisitions fund