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Title

The Family of Thomas Bateson, Esq. 1705-91 (1762)

Object Name

Painting

Maker

Lowry, Strickland 1737-c.1785 (attributed to) (Primary maker)
Lowry, Strickland 1737-c.1785 (artist)

Date Made

1762
1762

Description

This portrait of the Bateson children is both an imposing conversation piece and a fascinating record of the interior of the Bateson home at Orangefield, Co. Down, near Belfast. Lowry executed the painting with the eye of a reporter, so detailed and accurate are the children’s costumes and the objects in the room. Originally thought to be by Philip Hussey, the current attribution is based upon documentary evidence of 1828 and 1865, which gives the picture to Lowry. Furthermore, the children’s large eyes, bland expressions and stiff poses accord with his style. Lowry originally from Cumbria arrived in Ireland around 1762 and worked in the country intermittently until the early 1780s, mainly in the north, though details of his movements are sketchy. Besides portraits, his output embraced still-life and trompe l’oeil paintings, works which show him to have been a versatile and clever painter.

Materials

oil on canvas

Catalogue Number

BELUM.U1664

Copyright

National Museums NI