We are delighted to offer for sale a rare large scale example of artwork by artist Moses Vanderbank,which superbly depicts an early 18th century family group portrait,being inscribed and dated lower centre margin " M.Vanderbank Pinxt 1733 "
The three siblings are shown with the young lady resting her arm on a plynth to her right side,which was the accepted symbol of the sitter being a lady,being symbolic and signifying the architecture of a large house and estate.
The young boy stands in a straight backed pose holding hands and wearing a serious expression,this being considered the correct way for a young gentleman of wealth to present himself to the world.
This fine portrait painting is a textbook example of early-mid 18th century British portraiture.
The other older young boy or brother sits on the grass holding an abandomed birds nest in his lap which still holds a young bird seen safely nestled warmly inside with feathers roughened on top of the straw.The boy is about to take his younger brothers outstretched hand in readiness to stand,a sign of a strong family union and loyal standing.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Moses Vanderbank who was probably of Dutch extraction,was the younger brother of the famous celebrated portraitist John Vanderbank (b1694-d1739)
There are very few surviving works by Moses Vanderbank and very rarely any available to buy these days,especially ones of such a large scale in such lovely condition throughout.
The Family Group is very much in the style of his elder brother John Vanderbank,especially the rubbed highlights and the treatment of the flesh tones,a rich pink suggesting a glowing skin radiating a charm and warmth,very much his brothers trademark.
Moses who was also a very accomplished painter,was a pupil of John's and followed his manner very well.
John nearly always signed and dated his paintings,and it seems Moses was also influenced to do so as well.
There are only three other known rare surviving examples of Moses work,all being alterpieces in the 12th century church at Adel near Leeds.
Moses Vanderbank was even more improvident than his elder brother who was notorious for drunkenness and debt,as was said only intemperance prevented John from being the best portraitist of his generation.
Moses although said to be not as talented as his elder brother,could also produce exceptional works full of charm and charactor and was clearly a very competant hand at producing large works in detail.
Part of a Private Collection back in the 1970's
Southern England and last sold back in 1989 after full restoration works were completed.
This fine oil painting has undergone a full and complete restoration,which included a reline,cleaning and re-varnishing,as well as reconstruction of a solid re-enforced stretcher framework to brace.
The overall condition is very good commensurate with age and requires no further work prior to hanging.
A later replacement frame in keeping with the style and period,made of ebonised wood with gilt slip.
There are two strong metal hooks attached to hang.
Height 57 Inches (1450cm)
Width 82.5 Inches (2100cm)
Depth 2 Inches (5cm)
This is one of the best paintings we have stocked to date and can only say its well worth viewing in person to fully appreciate the scale and life size depiction of the three children,probably all siblings which still retain their rich vibrant colours and charm.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A FABULOUS FULL SCALE PORTRAIT PAINTING OF DISTINCTION & A GOOD LONGTERM INVESTMENT
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