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English School Portrait, Circle of Mary Beale Oil Painting c.1690
REF: 11318 / LA81532
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English School c1690 Portrait, circle of Mary Beale (1632-1699) A substatial portrait of a young gentleman draped in a burgundy coat, wearing a lace stock and presented within a feigned oval. The painting dates to the late 17th century and is reminicent of the work of Mary Beale and bears a resemblance to her husband. It has a heavy deep section frame which is probably original. Mary Beale (née Cradock; late March 1633 – 8 October 1699) was one of the most successful professional female Baroque era portrait painters of the late 17th century. The key for a female to become a successful professional painter was to earn a good reputation. It could be easy to misconstrue strangers entering a woman's home for a business transaction as something that would portray the woman in an impure light. Once Mary did start painting for money in the 1670s, she carefully picked whom she would paint, and used the praise of her circle of friends to build a good reputation as a painter. Size:- 74cm x 62cm (100cm x 88cm framed) 29 x 25 inches (39 x 35 inches framed)
Fox Fine Art has clarified that the English School Portrait, Circle of Mary Beale Oil Painting c.1690 (LA81532) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1690
The painting is on its original canvas. There is a repair to a vertical tear in the canvas top left, together with two smaller puncture repairs. His cheek has a slight graze. The painting has recently been revarnished. The frame weighs 17kg, has age related wear and still shows traces of the original gilding.
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