A Noble Child with a Greyhound
||Oil on canvas
||1435 x 1054 mm (56 1/2 x 41 1/2 in)
|Place of origin
This was one of the pictures purchased by William I Blathwayt (?1649–1717) from his uncle Thomas Povey (1613/14–c.1705) in 1693. When it was bought from Povey, it was simply titled 'A picture of a Boy wth a Grayhound' and the identity of the sitter is still unknown.
Oil painting on canvas, A Noble Child with a Greyhound, follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641). A boy stands by a fluted column in a landscape, his left hand on the neck of a dog at the right which gazes up at him. The boy is dressed in a pale blue tunic with a mauve cloak and Roman sandles. He looks out towards the left of the picture and gestures towards the viewer with his right hand.
Purchased by William I Blathwayt (?1649-1717) from Thomas Povey (1613/14-c.1705) in 1693; thence by descent; purchased by the Ministry of Works through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust for Dyrham Park in 1956.
Makers and roles
follower of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641), artist
possibly Jacob Huysmans (Antwerp c.1630 – London 1696), artist