Here we have an oil painting on canvas of a boy, having a landscape background typical of the old Georgian portraits. The portrait was painted in 1837 by an unknown artist. We have no idea who the artist is, but he was quite competent. Some one has written posibly 1897 on the back, but the collar to us seems more typical of the 1830s. It bears an inscription verso which identifies the subject as William Henry Manley as a boy aged 9 years. Unfortunately we have no idea where William lived in England. It is framed in an old gilt wood frame with velvet trim. It is alovely portrait, but unfortunately is primarily a bust image. It provides only limited information about clothing. It does, however, show William's hair style and collar in detail. We think William may have been wearing a bow, but it is difficult to tell for sure. Despite the age of the Painting, William's hair style looks very modern.
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