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English School, circa 1735
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English School, circa 1735

Group portrait of three children of William Meachin, full-length, on a balcony, the girl on the left holding a pink rose against a blue curtain, a landscape beyond

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English School, circa 1735
Group portrait of three children of William Meachin, full-length, on a balcony, the girl on the left holding a pink rose against a blue curtain, a landscape beyond
oil on canvas
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm.)
Provenance
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 7 April 1966, lot 182 as 'Kneller' (480 gns. to the present vendor).
Literature
'Collector's Questions' (Letter querying the attribution at that time to Kneller, the reply suggests Knapton as a more likely attribution), Country Life, 5 October 1967, p.788, illus.
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Lot Essay

The children are traditionally identified as Mary, Elizabeth and William, children of William Meachin. The administration of the goods of his wife, Elizabeth Meachin of Clyst St. Mary's, deceased, was granted to her daughter Elizabeth on 1 September 1769, suggesting that her siblings may not have survived. Elizabeth married John Gibbs (1726-1774) of Topsham, Devon, a son of Abraham Gibbs of Topsham (1686-1726), in 1751 and died in 1779. She died in 1779.

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