Make Mine a “Kit Kat”

August 3, 2013 at 12:37 am (history, people, portraits and paintings, research) (, , , , )


No, not talking about the candy bar, but portraiture.

Have been thinking today about the Gosling portraits painted by Sir William Beechey (discussed oh-so-long ago on this post). Talk of three-quarters and half-lengths… There were all sorts of rules as to whether hands were shown, and how much of the body, all of it governing how much you paid.

You can see from the 1817 payments that three paintings (one of the two girls; separate ones of Mrs Gosling and Mr Gosling) cost the family £210.  A not-inconsiderable sum, and yet imagine the man-hours the painter put in for that sum.

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith (detail)
by (a follower of) Thomas Phillips

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