A refined and richly painted late 17th / early 18th century English school antique oil on canvas depicting a lady by a follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Depicted mid-length, with her head tilted slightly to the right and her hair loosely upturned and a single lock of curly hair rests on her shoulder. She wears a richly colored costume of a red and pink silk robe with a white chemise below. Typical of the period.
The sitter and artist are unknown albeit the painting has been undertaken by an accomplished hand.
Presented in its original gilt-gesso oval frame.
About Sir Godfrey Kneller:
Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) Kneller studied under Ferdinand Bol, and possibly Rembrandt himself in the 1660s. He was in Rome and Venice between 1672 and 1675, settling in England in 1676 for life . He was soon employed at Court and became the most successful portrait painter of the generation that followed Lely. He enjoyed the office of Principal Painter to the King, first jointly with John Riley (d. 1691), shortly after the accession of William and Mary in 1688 until his death. He was knighted in 1692 and became a baronet in 1715. His work fully expresses the spirit of English Baroque and his influence on other artists was great.
Condition – historically cleaned and re-lined. There is some surface craquelure which is commensurate with age. This portrait is ready to hang. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.
Size: Frame: 37″ x 32″ / 94cm x 81.5cm / Canvas: 29.5″ x 24″ / 75cm x 61cm.
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