C1780 Marriage Portrait Oil Painting on Copper
This delightful oil painting on copper George III marriage portrait shows the happy couple with his attributes: him ploughing the field, on his side, and on her side, we see the spinning wheel, dairy pail, spade and chickens. He has a dog, and she a cat. While this details their gender specific roles, it was meant to suggest domestic harmony and prosperity through honest labour. The original frame is 70 cm by 48 cm. Almost certainly this fine naive painting would have been executed by an itinerant painter who moved about the countryside, painting walls (marbling or woodgraining etc) or portraits depending on demand. Prosperous agriculturalists and merchants would also glue hessian to their walls above a dado and have it painted to resemble expensive tapestries. There's a new and exciting decorating idea for The Block!
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