|"The Blue Boy"|
"Pinkie" was the family nickname of Sarah Barrett Moulton. Her portrait was painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence in 1794, when she was about 11 years old. She was born in Jamaica to wealthy English plantation owners and died about a year after the portrait was completed. Her brother, Edward, later changed his surname to Moulton-Barrett, and fathered the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
"The Blue Boy", thought to be a portrait of Jonathan Buttall, the son of a wealthy English hardware merchant, was painted by Thomas Gainsborough around 1770, in clothing from an earlier period in tribute to artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641). [Click on a photo for a closer look.]
In 1921, American railroad pioneer Henry Edwards Huntington purchased both paintings, to great British consternation, I might add. He displayed the two full length portraits side by side, and they have been shown that way ever since.
here. Brew a cup of tea, put on a classical CD and enjoy perusing the collection online. And remember ... there's a story behind every painting!