A well-executed half-length portrait of a British Naval Officer. The sitter wears a naval officer’s uniform and is painted within a darkening valley landscape, perhaps alluding to his time spent abroad. The portrait has clearly been painted by an artist of great ability who has been influenced by Sir William Beechey.
William Beechey was portrait painter born on 12 December 1753 at Burford, Oxfordshire. He was the son of William Beechey, a solicitor and Hannah Read; however as they died when he was still young, he was brought up by his uncle. He studied at the Royal Academy School from 1772 and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1776.
In 1782, he moved to Norwich where he won a number of important commissions. He returned to London around 1787 and soon began to make a name for himself painting portraits for notable people including John Douglas, Bishop of Carlisle and Queen Charlotte. In 1793, Beechey was appointed painter to Queen Charlotte and soon after on 4 November was elected associate of the Royal Academy. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy on 10 February 1798, the same year he was knighted by King George III in 1798. He died in Hampstead on 28 January, 1839.
Examples of his work are held in many public collections including, English Heritage, Gloucester Museum, Norwich Castle Museum, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Shrewsbury Museum and the V&A.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||29 inches x 24 inches (74cm x 61cm)|
|Framed Size||35 inches x 30 inches (89cm x 76cm)|