Favorite decades: 1910's, 1800's, 1870's
Favorite artists: Anthony van Dyck, Giovanni Boldini, Henry Fuseli, Thomas Lawrence
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Une Tapissiere. Eine Tapesierin. (Upholsterer) by Martin Engelbrecht and Johann J Stelzer, 1700-56 (ca 1730’s?) Germany (Augsburg), Winterthur Museum
Portraits by an unknown American artist, ca 1815-25, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
I’m actually kind of baffled by the rooster in the boy’s portrait.
He may have been a budding cockfighting enthusiast, or the son of a local sportsman who may have had a famous champion and/or was a well-known breeder. That particular specimen hasn’t had his comb and wattle clipped yet, so perhaps it’s a young and untried gamecock meant to mirror the boy’s own youth and innocence.
Hmm… That’s an interesting theory.
Double pocket, 1775-1790 England, Winterthur Museum
There’s something very charming about these. They’re folksy without being that tacky country kitsch style of awful.