Alex Melville, Family Portrait With Siblings & Dog

Alex Melville, Family Portrait With Siblings & Dog

A charming 19th-century country house group portrait depicting three children and their beloved dog. The artist, Eliza Anne Melville (1829-1919), has poignantly captured a sense of Victorian sentiment. We particular love the flowers, which complement the dresses.

Eliza Anne Melville was a fascinating artist that worked tirelessly throughout her career. Together with her husband, Alexander, she produced numerous portraits, including several of Royalty, with the most well-known being a depiction of Queen Victoria.

She also produced a huge oil painting titled ‘Presentation of the Freedom of the City to the Prince of Wales’, which is a group portrait of more than 450 individuals including Albert Edward. It took five years to complete and was finally exhibited in 1868.

Her works were also shown at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists, and twice at the British Institution.

The painting is inscribed in the lower left and housed within a later scroll and foliate frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 30” x 35” / 76cm x 89cm
Year of creation: 1851
Provenance: England
Condition: Fine craquelure. Areas of restoration. Minor paint losses towards the bottom. Canvas relined. Frame with some light age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £3,200 achieved for ‘Portrait of William Henry Hunt’ at Christie’s in 1999.