Hugh Barron The Children of George Bond of Ditchleys 1768

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Artist
Hugh Barron 1747–1791
Title
The Children of George Bond of Ditchleys
Date 1768
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1060 x 1397 mm
frame: 1263 x 1595 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alan Evans 1974
Reference
T01882
Not on display

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George Bond, father of the seven children depicted in this portrait, was a wealthy city merchant, and an official in the East India Company. The family seems to have occupied several imposing residences, including a country house, ‘Ditchleys’ in Essex, and a Jacobean mansion in Wimbledon.In the foreground, the three older boys play cricket, flanked by their two sisters. Their two younger brothers are dressed in white frocks, as was then the custom for toddlers of either sex. The youngest boy, Essex Henry Bond, second from the left, later made his career as a commander in the navy, transporting convicts to Australia.

May 2007

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