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A beautiful oil on canvas of a young child posing in the studio with her toy hoop and stick (* I have found some interesting information concerning the child's pastime which I have listed below). An American school oil on canvas which is apparently unsigned. The young child is depicted in her white rather simple dress. This is a late 19th century piece in very good condition. The large and impressive gesso frame has a few touchup areas of paint but is also in very good condition. Approximately 46 inches high x 36 inches wide (framed). This adorable serious little girl is standing on a fine Persian carpet. A charming painting which could be the centerpiece of any room. * Hoop rolling, also called trundling a hoop has been a favorite outdoor activity for children for centuries. Hoops were shown in an engraving for Jacob Cats's poem Kinderspel as early as 1628 and were frequently included in illustrations of children's activities and games in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Early hoops were of metal; in the 1800s, handmade wood hoops were all the rage as a favorite plaything. The child's hoop was propelled by stroking a one foot dowel or stick along the top.