portrait of a cornish lady c1730 english school

Portrait of a Cornish Lady c.1730; English School.



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Oil on canvas in slim gilt frame.
A charming portrait typical of its period and influenced by the style of Sir Godfrey Kneller, the dominant Court and Society painter of his time.
This provincial portrait of Cornish gentry has a direct, truthful quality often missing in the work of the more sophisticated city followers of Kneller who often achieved merely a blandly fashionable image devoid of personality.
Provincial she may be, but this lady has faithfully emulated the high fashion of the Court in her hair style, the 'undress' robe and her plunging neckline.
This portrait and another of a lady, probably her sister, (ref. 8852) are from the same Cornish estate where they were for generations...possibly since they were painted. Over the centuries the identities of the sitters were forgotten and the paintings moved into obscurity in little used rooms.
SIZE: 30.25 x 25 inc. frame
PROVENANCE: by descent through a Cornish family.
Internal Ref: 8853

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