Portrait of a Boy c.1730; Attributed to ...

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Oil on canvas in an 18th century carved and giltwood frame.

An early 18th century portrait of a young gentleman, expensively and fashionably dressed...a plain blue velvet coat and a finely embroidered waistcoat was a combination much favoured by the English gentry and prosperous merchant class.
The sitter stands within a landscape and toys with the button on his tricorne hat tucked under his arm.

JOHN VERELST (active 1698-1734) was born in England, of Netherlandish stock. His father was Harman Verelst, a portrait painter who came to England in 1683, part of the famous family of artists....Pieter(1), Harman, Pieter(2), John, Maria, Simon and Willem.
John married Ann Tureng at St. James's in 1692.

SIZE: 38 x 32 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Wiltshire; a long term private collection.

Portrait of "Miss Sharpe", 1920s; by Thomas ...

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Oil on canvas in the original ebonised frame.
This fine painting captures the spirit of the 1920s and of the attractive sitter....the portrait has a sensual feel and a subtle erotic charge.
The young woman regards the viewer with a challenging and provocative look; her left hand rests, almost like a caress, on the chair back. Her right hand holds the furred edge of her coat, as if opening it.

The portrait is in superb, untouched condition, having spent its life protected by glass. It has never been lined or cleaned.
The signature of the artist, 'T.W. Holgate', is bottom right.
The identity of the sitter is not known, but verso, an old depository label records the name of the then owner as 'Sharpe'. The painting was acquired in London some 50 years ago and has been with that family until the present day; they have always referred to the sitter as 'Miss Sharpe'.

THOMAS WILLIAM HOLGATE R.B.A.(18701953) was born in Lancashire and as well as a fine painter was a talented singer and a Professor of Music. He studied and exhibited at the Royal Academy around 1899.
He was highly respected as a sensitive figure and portrait painter especially of young women; in addition he produced some fine detailed landscape and seascape paintings of views in Cornwall. Holgate lived at Constantine, moving on to Falmouth, and finally to Truro in the early 1940s.
He was made a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1904 and his work was exhibited at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; the Royal Academy; the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
There are examples of his work in several collections including Falmouth Art Gallery and the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.

SIZE:40 x 30.75 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Devon.


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oil on canvas in good period frame.
The sitter, dressed in doctor's robes, with very fine and expensive linen at his neck, holds a book with the ititials NAT.BR upon it. This stands for 'Natrum Bromatum', a book on homeopathy.
This portrait was probably painted in 1653 to mark his marriage to Anne Cudworth.
In the background can be seen the ruins of Pontefract Castle.
NATHANIEL JOHNSTON M.D. (1627 1705) was an English physician, political theorist and antiquary.He was eldest son of John Johnston (d. 1657), by Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Hobson of Usflete, Yorkshire. His father, a Scot, lived for some time at Reedness in Yorkshire, and became rector of Sutton-on-Derwent.

Jonston proceeded M.D. from King's College, Cambridge, in 1656, having been incorporated at Cambridge M.A. in 1654 with a degree from the University of St Andrews. He was created a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians by the charter of James II, and was admitted on 12 April 1687. He practised at Pontefract, but took up the antiquities and natural history of Yorkshire.

Ralph Thoresby first made Johnston's acquaintance at Pontefract on 26 February 1682, and became a great friend and a correspondent. Johnston fell out of medical practice, moved to London in 1686, and became a High Tory pamphleteer. He lived at first in Leicester Street, next to Leicester Fields. The Glorious Revolution deprived him of prospects. He died in London in 1705. He owned at the time property at and near Pontefract, sold by order of the court of chancery in 1707.
Johnston had married in 1653 Anne, daughter of Richard Cudworth of Eastfield, Yorkshire, and had four sons, and a daughter, Anne. Of the sons, the eldest, Cudworth, was a physician in York, and died before his father in 1692. Cudworth's son, Pelham Johnston, (d. 1765), graduated M.D. at Cambridge in 1728, was elected a fellow of the College of Physicians of London in 1732, practised in London, and died at Westminster 10 August 1765.

JOHN HAYLS (Hales) (fl.1651-1679) was a portrait painter who studied under Miereveldt. He was a competitor of Lely and painted in the manner of Van Dyck, also being an excellent copyist of his portraits.
In 1666 Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist and Commissioner for the Royal Navy, had his and his wife Elizabeth's portraits painted by Hayls. Of the paintings he wrote:- "I am still infinitely pleased with my wife's picture. I paid him 14 for it, and 25s for the frame, and I think it is not a whit too dear for so good a picture. It is not yet quite finished and dry, so as to be fit to bring home yet. This day I begin to sit, and he will make me, I think, a very fine picture. He promises it shall be as good as my wife's."
Hayls died in Bloomsbury and is buried in St. Martin's Church.
SIZE: 34.00inch framed height 29.00inch framed width
PROVENANCE:By descent in the Dunn Gardner family, The Manor House, Chatteris, until removed in 1908 by Algernon Dunn Gardner, to Denston Hall and then by descent.
There it remained until it was removed by his daughter when the property was sold 30 years ago. It was then kept in storage until now.
VERSO: several handritten labels, one stating that the portrait was restored by L. Ruttley of Great Liverpool Street, London in 1908.

Portrait of Mary, Princess of Orange (later ...

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Oil on canvas in reproduction frame.
The sitter within a feigned stone oval.

This little portrait, late 17th or 18th century, is a reduced detail of a large three quarter length painted by Sir Peter Lely in 1677.
Mary (1662-1694) was the elder daughter of James, Duke of York (later James II) and his first wife, Anne Hyde.
She was married to her cousin William III of Orange at the age of fifteen.
When her Catholic father James was ousted at the Revolution of 1688 the Protestant Mary and her husband returned to England from Holland and they were jointly crowned Mary II and William III in 1689.
The original of this portrait was painted at the time of her marriage in 1677. A number of versions of this portrait exist including one in the Royal Collection and one in the National Portrait Gallery.
The rich and daring colour scheme with its clashing orange and red testifies to Lely's skill as a colourist. The choice of orange, an unusual colour in Lely's portraits is perhaps a reference to Mary's new title, Princess of Orange.

SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the most important portraitist in the reign of Charles ll, although he had painted portraits throughout the Commonwealth. Dutch born as Pieter van der Faes, he became Principal Painter to the King, painting everyone of importance and maintaining a busy and active Studio to help with the huge demand for his portraits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This lovely little painting has, at some time in the past, been overcleaned and, as can be seen, the paint is now rather thin. Hence the very low price.
Despite this fault it is still a charming little portrait.

SIZE: 16 x 14.5 inches framed. Image size 13 x 10.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Sussex.