Early 18th Century English Portrait Of A Lady - Circle Of Godfrey Kneller

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"Early 18th Century English Portrait Of A Lady - Circle Of Godfrey Kneller"
A refined and richly coloured early 18th century oil on canvas portrait of a lady by an artist in the circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller.
The as yet unknown sitter is depicted half length, with her head slightly inclined to the right and hair worn loosely upwards. Her dewy eyes gaze at us with the most pleasing of expressions and a single curled lock of hair rests upon her shoulder.
Although she may be unencumbered by jewellery or topography, a richly coloured costume of a red velvet robe, lined in pink silk, leave us in no doubt as to her status.
This fine work is a prime example of the type of portrait in vogue in Britain during the last quarter of the 17th century and first quarter of the 18th century. Carefully conjured by a confident hand within the oval shape of the canvas, the resulting image is both elegant and arresting.

Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
Kneller studied under Ferdinand Bol, and perhaps Rembrandt himself in the 1660s. He was in Rome and Venice between 1672 and 1675, settling in England in 1676 for life. He was soon employed at Court and became the most successful portraitist of the generation following Lely. He enjoyed the office of Principal Painter to the King, at first jointly with John Riley (d.1691), from shortly after the accession of William and Mary in 1688 until his death. He was knighted in 1692 and became a baronet in 1715. His work fully expresses the spirit of the English Baroque, and his influence on other artists was great.
This fine painting is presented in an excellent state of conservation and is ready to hang and enjoy in its original an antique oval frame which has been sympathetically restored.

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Canvas: 29.5” x 24” / 75cm x 61cm.
Frame: 37” x 32" / 94cm x 81.5cm.
Price : $6,375
Period: 18th century
Style: Georgian
Condition : Good condition

Material : Oil painting
Width : 81,5
Height : 94cm

Reference : 318
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