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the origin of ~ BLUE BOY ~ the painting



















as told by SIR JOHN SOANE
professor at the royal academy ~ LONDON ENGLAND

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did you wonder why some miniature paintings of blue boy have gold cape ~ here is the answer








































1- ROMNEY

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PORTRAIT OF OLIVER MARTON
born 1757






2- GAINSBOROUGH

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OLIVER - GAINSBORO STYLE






3-GAINSBOROUGH

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GAINSBORO AS HIMSELF








































the complete version
 
LONDON - c 1777
 
SIR JOHN SOANE was at a meeting at the royal academy - he stated that -
 
GEORGE ROMNEY brought in a miniature painting
GAINSBOROUGH says the painting be better if the cape were painted blue.
 
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS  disagrees
 
a very heated argument begins ....
 
gainsborough is challenged to prove his point

the very first & original

blue boy BY GEORGE ROMNEY



experts call Romney " the forgotten genius "

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signed R o m n e

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GAINSBOROUGH makes COPY OF ROMNEYS BLUE BOY

gainsborough paints this miniature -to prove his point
changing the cape to blue

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this is an altered copy of romneys blue boy
it is only a sketch - done very quickly
could have been done at the meeting

the boy now looks like gainsborough ~ this is normal and correct

reynolds is reported as addressing gainsboro as
plain gains- borough
while gainsboro  was required to address reynolds
as sir joshua.
 
this explains why the sketch is signed
Mr t. GainS BorougH- in a welch dialect
 
 

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new bern north carolina ~ 1944

c b foy of new bern north carolina told me the story
his grandfather was david paton of edinborough .
david paton was sir john soane's student and partner
 

i asked c b foy

what ever hapened to romneys blue boy
"oh its probably somewhere in england"

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yankee doodle went to london town

the wealthy american is on the " grand tour "

starting at london

ending in italy ~ land of MACCORINI



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a copy of romnys blue boy

to be sold as romneys blue boy

the real one has a finger print on it

the copyist tried to paint in the print - poor results

signed very crude

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the painted in fingerprint is behind the trees

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