ROBERT STREET (American, 1796-1865) PORTRAIT OF A CHILD WITH LAMB AND CANARY.
An oil on canvas full length portrait of a handsome blonde, blue eyed child standing in a garden wearing a red dress adorned with black stitching, white pantaloons, and black slippers with bows. The child is accompanied by a lamb with floral garland around it’s neck and a yellow canary perched on his or her finger. The symbolism of the canary typically represents the healing power of song or the love of music, while the lamb is a symbol of faith and innocence. The contrast between light and dark is expressed through the background rendered on one side in soft pastel tones with a path leading to a white fence while the other side shows a tree with vines rendered in shadow with browns and dark green pigments. One of the finest examples of Street’s work, The painting is housed in a 19th century carved giltwood frame. Signed lower right “By R. Street 1830″. SIZE: 36″ x 328”. Overall: 42″ x 34″ CONDITION: Very good, with restoration. Canvas has been lined, paint surface stable. 1/2″ in-paint in forehead, 3″ and 1″ area in neck, and several areas of restoration and minor spots of touch up in background and dress. Frame has minor losses to gilding. 49951-1 (4,000-6,000) – Lot 2088
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