Three Children Dressing Up
Philip Reinagle RA (Scotland 1749 – Chelsea 1833)
This picture was said to have belonged to the artist himself, and the children thought to be his: Ramsay Richard, Charlotte and Fanny. However, an engraving of the Royal Academy exhibition of 1788 shows this picture hanging in the upper right corner. This demonstrates that the picture was painted too late for it to depict the artist’s children, and so, for now, they must remain anonymous.
Oil painting on canvas, Three Children Dressing Up, Philip Reinagle, RA (Scotland 1749 – Chelsea 1833), circa 1788. Full-length portraits of three children,in the centre a small boy in a grown-up's feathered hat and red coat looks down towards a little girl on the left arranging his coat; a baby girl wearing a large bonnet sits on the ground in front, right.
Given with Upton House to the National Trust by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882 – 1948) shortly before his death in 1948
Upton House, The Bearsted Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
Philip Reinagle RA (Scotland 1749 – Chelsea 1833), artist previously catalogued as attributed to The Rev. Matthew William Peters, RA (Freshwater 1742 – Brasted 1814), artist