A Baby, said to be Lady Waugh

William Larkin
after 1580 – 1619

A Baby, said to be Lady Waugh

Oil on Panel: 36 1/16 x 28 3/8 inches, 90.2 x 71 cm

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Provenance

  • with The Weiss Gallery, 1987, sold to
  • Private collection

This ravishing child portrait is unique as it is the only known example of a baby to be painted by the renowned Jacobean portraitist, William Larkin. Barely a year old, the baby is depicted as a miniature adult, propped up in standing position and wearing a dress imitating adult attire. In an age of high infant mortality, the baby must have been of exceptional importance to merit such a commission. The sitter has so far not been identified and Waugh may well be the name of the family into which the sitter eventually married.

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