Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gratuitous Bertie Dog Picture: Princess Anne, Bird Catcher

"That's it...coax her in, nice and easy."

Image:  Queen Anne When a ChildCreation Date: 1668, Materials: Oil on canvas, Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), First recorded in the reign of Queen Anne, This portrait was probably painted in c.1667-8 when Princess Anne was around 3 years old. The great tit bird appears to have been painted over the curtain and might have been added later by one of Lely's assistants.  Crown Copyright, The Royal Collection, Image via The Royal Collection Trust and courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

To learn more about this important portrait, visit its entry in The Royal Collection.  

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