Daniel Huntington was an important figure in the New York art world, serving as the President of the influential National Academy of Design from 1862 to 1870 and 1877 to 1891, as well as the Vice President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for thirty-three years. Although he worked in a wide range of genres, his reputation rests on the many skillful portraits that he painted for members of the upper classes. These portraits were highly praised in his day for the skill of their draftsmanship, the clarity of their color, and the way in which Huntington was able to instill his sitters with dignity and grace.
The young boy in this impressively-scaled painting is clad in a Highland style outfit that was popularized by the children of the British royal family in the 1850s. Although certainly not found on boys clothing today, lace trim, ruffles and frills were often part of a young boy’s wardrobe in the mid- to later years of the 1800s. The dog at his side is another masculine attribute; in historical portraiture, kings and noblemen are often depicted with their dogs, which are symbols of the hunt and fidelity.
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: image height: 49.5 inches image width: 39.75 inches frame height: 60.75 inches frame width: 51 inches frame depth: 4.75 inchesGift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Olliff Mikell in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Noll Thompson 2001.49.1
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