British School, 19th C. oil on canvas painting, "The Virtuoso", depicting a barefooted boy playing a violin, accompanied by a vocalizing dog and nearby chickens. His books, some grapes, and a flute sit by his side. The figures are surrounded by a broom and rags, suggesting the boy is a student who has sought out or been sent to a more private part of the house to practice his music. Signed lower right "R. Hoffler" and dated 1835. Elaborate carved Rococo style frame. Remnants of old Edward P. and William H. O'Reilly's (New York, NY, c. 1940s) auction labels en verso including one with partial title. Sight: 12" W x 10" H. Frame: 17 1/2" W x 16" H. Note: This scene is known in at least two other examples.
Frame has been regilt and may not be original. Revarnished. UV light inspection reveals some tiny spots of restoration to violin and possibly to broom.
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