A well-executed half-length portrait of a gentleman traditionally identified as *Captain Edward Dod (Dodd) (1688-1763), circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller. The front of the painting bears a title plaque with the name of the sitter and there is also an inscription to the reverse. The subject, posed in a fashionable wig and burgundy red velvet coat of the time, wears his own clothes as the Navy had no official uniform during this period. Red, blue and brown coats were fashionable for gentlemen in the early part of the 18th century and many naval officers chose to wear these colours in their portraits.
The sitter’s right hand points towards a naval battle taking place over his left shoulder. This undoubtedly alludes to the role he played in what is likely to have been a successful campaign, given the confidence and pride emanating from him. The portrait has clearly been painted by an artist of great ability who has been influenced by Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Sir Godfrey Kneller was a leading portrait painter working in England during the late 17th and early 18th century. He was born in Lubreck, Germany, and studied under Rembrandt. He settled in England in 1676 where he ran a successful studio and became a court painter to the monarchy and members of the aristocracy.
*Edward Dod was born in Cheshire the son of George Dod and Charity Woodroffe of Highfields, Audlem. He would have begun his naval career at an early age and as a young gentleman would have entered the Navy under royal patronage as a ‘Volunteer per Order’ and proceeded through the ranks of Lieutenant, from 3rd to 1st. He would then have gained further advancement to Master and Commander then on to Post-Captain by serving under the protection of a senior officer and distinguishing himself.
The painting is housed in an original period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||35 inches x 27.5 inches (89cm x 70cm)|
|Framed Size||42.75 inches x 35.25 inches (108.5cm x 89.5cm)|