Painting of three children, probably of the Keppel family by Marcellus Laroon

The painting shows two boys, probably of the Keppel family, the elder dressed as an officer in the Grenadier Company of the Coldstream Guards, and the younger as a private soldier in the same Grenadier Company.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
95 x 121 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,000 ( Total: £14,000)
Acquired in:
1987
Vendor:
Christie's

Between them is a young girl with her King Charles spaniel. It is interesting that the uniforms are so clearly portrayed and that their flintlock muskets are resting against the wall behind them. Apart from its general charm, the picture is most important in that it clearly portrays the uniforms worn by officers and privates of the Grenadier Companies of the Coldstream Guards in the early 18th century.

Provenance

By descent in the Keppel family.

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