portrait of a lady c170010 circle of kneller

Portrait of a Lady c.1700/10; Circle of Kneller.



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Oil on canvas in a good 18th century giltwood frame.
This is an excellent example of the typical society portrait of the period; the lady regards the viewer with a quiet confidence, her hair in the fashionable style as is her daring 'undress'. The robe open to show her chemise ... this relaxed style of dressing for one's portrait was encouraged by artists, as it was a lot easier and quicker to paint than elaborate formal daywear.
SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) was the most distinguished painter of baroque portraits in England.
Born in Lubeck, he trained with Bol and Rembrandt, coming to London in 1676.
By 1679 he had painted the King and remained the most famous and successful portrait painter in England until his death.
In 1688 he was made Principal Painter to the King and was knighted in 1692 and a made a baronet in 1715.
His work was greatly in demand and so he maintained a large and busy studio, with many assistants who painted in his style. A number of these men went on to become established portraitists in their own right.
SIZE: 36 x 31.25 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: London Private Collection. VERSO: a handwritten label "Mr. S.A. Smith. 1935".
Internal Ref: 9126


Height = 91.5 cm (36")
Width = 77 cm (31")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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