active 1700 –
A noble child with a bird, possibly Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales (1707 – 1751)
Oil on oval canvas: 32 5/16 x 25 9/16 inches, 82 x 65 cm
- Anonymous sale, Delfrome and Fraysse, Paris 18 October 2000, Lot 15.
The blue silk jacket and orange hat worn by the sitter implies that they were of Hanoverian blood and protestant disposition. It can therefore be likely that the portrait depicts the Prince of Wales at the time, Frederick Louis (1708 – 1751). Heir apparent to George II and father of the future George III, Frederick was born in Hanover and moved to Great Britain on his father’s succession to its throne on the death of George III in 1727. Although he was next in line he predeceased his father, meaning he never assumed the office due to him.
Apart from the facial likeness of our sitter with known portraits of the Prince, such as those by Philip Mercier and Jean-Etienne Liotard, the biggest clue to his identity is the Order of the Garter, worn as an embroidered medal on the Prince’s chest. Frederick would have been awarded the Order by his father when he was a toddler.
Arent Vygh was an eighteenth century Dutch artist, mainly active around Rotterdam. He was known as a skilled painter in the style of Van der Werff.
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