Alexander Melville, Family Portrait With Siblings & Dog

Alexander Melville, Family Portrait With Siblings & Dog

A charming 19th-century country house group portrait depicting three children and their beloved dog. The artist, Alexander Melville (act. 1846-1887), has poignantly captured a sense of Victorian sentiment. We particular love the flowers, which complement the dresses.

Alexander Melville was a fascinating artist that worked tirelessly throughout his career. Together with his wife, Eliza Anne Melville (1829-1919), he produced numerous portraits, including several of Royalty, with the most well-known being a depiction of Queen Victoria.

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: £4,280 achieved for ‘Portrait of King Albert’ at Christie’s in 1988.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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