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Early 18th Century English Portrait Of A Young Gentleman - Circle Of Michael Dahl.

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"Early 18th Century English Portrait Of A Young Gentleman - Circle Of Michael Dahl."
A highly decorative and sensitively rendered early 18th century oval portrait of a handsome young gentleman by an artist in the circle of Michael Dahl (1659-1743). Housed within its original, carved and gilded antique frame.
This arresting portrait is typical of the formula used by Dahl for his head-and-shoulder images of aristocratic gentlemen. The as yet unknown nobleman is presented against a dark background. Light enters from the right and casts an extravagant shadow, and within the oval shape of the canvas this portrait has been carefully conjured to produce a beautifully and arresting image.
The crisp handling of the sitters white cravat, the lively way in which the costumes drapery are handled, and a most subtle colour palette are all typical of Michael Dahl.
Michael Dahl (1659-1743)
The artist had a broad range of patrons including members of the royal family, the nobility and prominent court office-holders, as well as London professionals and gentry families. The exact date of this portrait however remains a mystery, it is however likely that it was painted in his London studio in Leicester Fields, in which he between 1696 onwards.
Whilst the sitters wistful gaze, and graceful pose, call to mind Dahl's imposing images of the court beauties at Petworth, here Dahl applies his court style on a much smaller scale. The result is this intimate, arresting and jewel like portrait.
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Canvas : 29” x 25" / 74cm x 64cm. Frame: 37" x 32” / 95cm x 74cm.

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