CHAMBERLIN, Mason the Elder
(b. 1727, London, d. 1787, Dorset)

Portrait of a Gentleman with a Boy

c. 1765
Oil on canvas, 107 x 90 cm
Private collection

This painting represents a full-length portrait of a gentleman sitting by a giltwood table in a drawing room, with a young boy and a pet greyhound. It is a relaxed and informal double portrait. Influences of Francis Hayman's style can be observed in the present painting, with its informal setting within a rich interior, though the painting technique is rather more refined and smooth than Hayman's.