Oil painting on canvas, A Boy with a Lighted Candled, follower of Godfried Schalcken (Made, nr Dordrecht, 1643 - The Hague 1706), circa 1700. A boy’s face, the left side in deep shadow, the right illuminated by a lit candle held in his right hand.
At Springhill from an unknown date, latterly hanging in the Gun Room, until removed when Springhill was given to the National Trust by Capt. William Lowry Lenox-Conyngham (1903–1957) in 1957. [Alex Kidson of the Walker Art Gallery wrote to Frances Bailey (NT) in 1996, concerning the Romney portrait of Brigadier-General Lawrence Nilson at Springhill (SPR/P/38): “One particular reason for my interest is that I recently saw in a private collection a small painting of a youth holding a candle up to his face which has tentatively been attributed to Romney, and which the owner told me had hung at Springhill for as long as anyone could remember until removed by the last owners before the house was transferred to the National Trust.” His letter was accompanied by a photocopy of a photograph of the painting, showing it in a gilt frame]; purchased by the National Trust for Springhill, with a contribution from the Northern Ireland Museums Council, at Sotheby’s, 30 October 2008, lot 70 (unframed), when the provenance was given as “Lenox-Conyngham family, Springhill, Moneymore, Co Londonderry.”
Makers and roles
follower of Godfried Schalcken (Made, near Dordrecht, 1643 - The Hague 1706), artist