soldportrait of a boy c 1675 follower of lely

SOLD...Portrait of a Boy c. 1675; Follower of Lely


Price

POA

Item Ref

8474

Description

17th c. oil on canvas in a 'Lawrence' style gilded frame of c.1845.
A pleasing portrait of a boy aged about 14; in what was known as 'elevating the sitter' he is depicted wearing not the clothes of the late 17th century but a garment drawing its inspiration from the uniform of a Roman officer. Even the 'contrapposta' pose is based on Classical statuary; this 'counterpoise' gave the sitter a more relaxed yet dynamic appearance.
There were two points to these references, firstly it showed that the sitter was a gentleman with an understanding of the world of Ancient Rome and Greece (very important and fashionable at the time) and, secondly, the wearing of this costume was supposed to impart a timeless quality to the painting.
The artist was strongly influenced by Sir Peter Lely, but his technique shows a more loose brushwork giving a sense of immediacy and, with the closeness of the sitter, a feeling of intimacy.
SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the dominant Court and Society portraitist of the reign of Charles ll. He was made Principal Painter to the King in 1661, and knighted in 1680.
SIZE: canvas 19.5 x 14.75 inches
frame 27 x 23 inches
PROVENANCE: Private Collection for many years.
Verso: 19th c. inscription in ink 'P. Shalford Esq'
Pencil inscription 'Mrs. Dangerfield, Fairford, Glos'.
19th c. handwritten inventory number '8'.
Internal Ref: 8474



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