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LATE 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH PORTRAIT - A LADY IN A RED / YELLOW SILK DRESS c.1700

1700

$18,978.20

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ENGLISH SCHOOL PORTRAIT OF LADY MORGAN c.1700 - FOLLOWER OF WILLIAM WISSING A richly coloured high Baroque portrait of a lady in flamboyantly coloured dress sitting in the shade of a stone building. One hand rests delicately on a basket of roses, while the other rests calmly with her index finger pointing to the ground. The arms capture a theatrical air and seem to be very carefully positioned and posed. To the left of a lush green landscape with trees shoots off into the distance beyond. The atmosphere of this picture is one of a sure and noble contentment. This portrait is by repute said to depict a ‘Lady Morgan – wife of Colonel Morgan’. It is likely that the sitter was connected to the Morgan family of Monmouthshire in Wales. The earliest Morgans connected with Tredegar House in the county date to the opening of the fifteenth century. By the end of that century they quickly established their favour with the new Tudor dynasty and began to increase their power in the area. The Tredegar Morgans played significant military and political roles during the English Civil Wars, with two sides of the family split between supporting the Parliamentarian and Royalist causes respectively. It is quite possible that this Lady was the wife of a Morgan who was born into the greater prosperity the family enjoyed after the end of the war and into the reign of the Stuart restoration. The sitter’s soft handling of a delicate basket of roses is highly suggestive of allusions to marriage and feminine softness in this otherwise very formal setting. The picture exudes an assured and timeless confidence so often encountered in portraits of this era. The dating of this painting, to roughly around the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, is suggested by the sitter’s hairstyle and dress. The lady’s tall greyed wig is reminiscent of the transitional ladies fashion between William III and Queen Anne. As the seventeenth century progressed, women’s hairstyles went upwards rather than the horizontal styles seen in the reign of Charles II. The clothing too contains a dazzling array of colours. On top of the sitter’s crisp white undershirt is a golden yellow dress, on top of which is a dark blue cloak with a vibrant pink lining. Off set against this is a bright red cloth, of great richness, that predominately covers her legs. The sheer combination of vibrant tones is rather unusual for portraiture of this period. Absolutely no restraint in colour has been employed here. Despite the work’s bold handling, it has not been possible to identify a particular painter’s hand with the work. It is likely that this characterful portrait was completed by an artist who worked outside of the capital city. Judging from the theatrical pose, it is obvious that the painter looked towards the highly influential and fashionable Baroque portraits of the likes of foreign born artists Willem Wissing and Godfrey Kneller for inspiration. The charmingly honest manner of the Scottish painter Thomas Murray is also called to mind. The obvious quality of this picture is very noteworthy. The face is particular very well rendered. Its three dimensionality bestows the sitter with a warm living presence, in contrast to many of the more distant portraits produced in this era. The boldly painted drapery too affords the sitter’s garments a strength that is worthy of statuary, conforming to the strong Baroque ideals of the turn of the century. Finally, but not least, the landscape to the left of the sitter indicates a setting sun over a lush and abundant parkland, a feature of portraiture influenced greatly by Van Dyck many decades earlier. One can imagine that the poetic arcadian setting might not have been lost on those who admired this image three hundred years ago. The painting is presented in an excellent state of conservation and is ready to hang and enjoy in its original, impressive, hand carved and gilded, late seventeenth century frame. Higher resolution images on request. Worldwide shipping available. Canvas: 40” x 50.5” / 128cm x 100cm. Frame: 48" x 58" / 149cm x 122cm. Internal Ref: 00132 Price: £13,950

Details

  • Artist
    Follower of Willian Wissing
  • Creation Year
    1700
  • Dimensions
    Height: 58.67 in. (149 cm)Width: 48.04 in. (122 cm)Depth: 1.58 in. (4 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
    English School
  • Period
    1700-1709
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London/Yorkshire, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: PP001321stDibs: LU58936938292

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