Oil painting on canvas, Shepherd Boy with a Flute, manner of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1617 - Seville 1682). A half-length view of a boy with a laurel wreath round his head, in a ragged jerkin, fingering a flute, with a house in a landscape behind.
Probably owned William Benson (1682–1754) or his second wife Elizabeth King (d. after 1770), in whose bedroom in his house in Grosvenor Street, London, it was recorded in his posthumous inventory as ‘picture of a boy piping’; possibly his grandson William Benson Earle (1740–1796)); possibly bequeathed by him to Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Bt (1758–1838), although not listed in his inventories, unless it is the ‘Young Shepherd’ (1822) [or possibly the 'Pastor Bonus' (1838), supposed to be by or after Guercino - now lost]; given to the National Trust along with Stourhead house, its grounds, and the rest of contents in by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 - 1947), 1946; on loan to Mompesson since 1990
Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Frederick Hall, 27 Bedford St., Plymouth, Looking Glass Manufacturer. Old Frames Cleaned or Regilded (paper label on reverse)
Verso: On the stretcher, at the top: 413
Verso: Across the central strut, in pencil: Top Picture No 1 Left Hand Side of Fireplace.
Makers and roles
manner of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Seville 1617 - Seville 1682), artist
attributed to Antonio Amorosi (Comunanza 1660 - 1738), artist
previously attributed to Italian School, artist
previously attributed to imitator of Francesco Bassano the younger (Bassano del Grappa 1549 – Venice 1592), artist