A Child as the Infant Venus seated in a Chariot pulled by Doves
Oil painting on canvas, A Child as the Infant Venus seated in a Chariot pulled by Doves, Dutch School, late 17th century. Full-length of a child, turned to right facing, dressed in classical robes with his right shoulder bared and a cloak floating up behind him. Seated in an elaborately-carved four-wheeled chariot pulled by two doves on a cloud above a landscape. Winged putto above with a wreath of flowers in his right and a rose in his left; heads and wings of two other putti to right. It presuably depects the disguided portrait of a dead child, See painting at Wimpole Hall (NT) by Nicolaes Maes. This picture was above the Library fireplace before 1960.
Bequeathed by Ralph Dutton, 8th Lord Sherborne (1898–1985)
Hinton Ampner, The Ralph Dutton Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Dutch School, artist Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist previously catalogued as manner of Nicolas Maes (Dordrecht 1634 – Amsterdam 1693), artist British (English) School, artist