A Child’s Best Friend

Attributed to Reginald Easton


This is an endearing portrait of a young child, most likely a boy, cuddling his pet spaniel. The child has lovely blonde curls and is wearing a traditionally styled white dress with short puffed sleeves. The dog has also been dressed up for the occasion with a blue ribbon bow. The pair are set against a blue sky and foliage background.

Watercolour on ivory dating to around 1840 and housed in a gilt metal frame that is enclosed on the back.

There is a faint curved outline in the sky area probably from an earlier arched mount.

Born in 1807, Reginald Easton first worked as an engraver before turning to portraiture. He is best known for his portraits of children and enjoyed royal patronage.

Item Ref. 5525

Size: framed, 89 x 72mm

Provenance: Ex. Edward Grosvenor Paine collection, sold Sotheby's 1981