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This mid-restoration shot captures the emergence of a remarkably fresh Jacobean gentleman, hidden beneath decades of discoloured varnish. The identity of the artist who painted this work has so far eluded us, although they were evidently competent and clearly familiar with the work of William Larkin (c.1585-1619), a highly accomplished court painter who died just a few years prior to the date inscribed on the work. Compositionally, the portrait is reminiscent of Larkin’s work from the 1610s, with the subject placed in a feigned marble oval and positioned upright in an authoritative manner. Another artist who was known for painting bust-length portraits in feigned ovals was Cornelius Johnson, who moved to England in late 1618 or early 1619. Johnson’s style, however, is smoother with less conspicuous brushstrokes and more extensive use of mid-tone shading around the facial features.
Oil on panel; 27 x 19 ¾ in (68.5 x 50.2 cm) #panelportrait#oldmasters#britishart#williamlarkin#jacobean#seventeenthcentury#doublet#restoration#arthistory#fresh#hoopearrings#bling