A well-executed half-length portrait of a lady dressed in expensive finery, circle of John Michael Wright. The sitter wears a brown silk robe over a lace edged chemise, which is held in place by lozenge shaped jewelled clasps. Her hair is worn in the fashionable style of the day and is dressed with a strand of pearls. Her apparel, poise and bearing indicate this is a lady of some standing and character as she stares confidently out at the viewer. The pearls represent purity, so this could well be a marriage portrait. The portrait has clearly been painted by an artist of great ability who has been influenced by John Michael Wright.
John Michael Wright was born in London in 1617 but is thought to be of Scottish origin as he was apprenticed to the Scottish portrait painter George Jamesone (1589-1644) in 1636. After serving his apprenticeship, Wright travelled to Rome where he studied antiquary and became a Roman Catholic.
By 1648, he had become a member of the Academy of St Luke and also spent time in Flanders as an antiquary/dealer for Archduke Leopole Wilhelm as well as travelling to France. He returned to England in 1656 and by the end of the decade had become a successful portrait painter, working on commissions from Charles II as well as the nobility. Wright died in 1694.
The painting is housed in a new, ebonised frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||29 inches x 23.5 inches (74cm x 60cm)|
|Framed Size||35 inches x 29.5 inches (89cm x 75cm)|