Unsigned Colonial American School. An amusing portrait of a girl with her pet kitten. Oil on canvas. Probably Hudson River Valley, New York, Circa 1750. 24 3/4 inches high, 18 3/4 inches wide-Sight size. 30 1/4 inches high, 24 1/4 inches wide-Frame size.
Condition: Cleaned, relined archivally, and mounted on a new stretcher. Now mounted in an old frame.
This amusing picture is a fine example of colonial New York portraiture popular among the Dutch gentry settled along the banks of the Hudson River. The artists, known as limners (derived from 'illustrators') favored showing the subjects posed with their face gazing forward and often with a bemused smile. Popular props were domestic animals like dogs, birds and, as in this example, a tormented kitten.