A well-executed half-length portrait of a lady traditionally identified as *Charity Woodroffe (1660-1736), 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 sitter is clearly a lady of some standing and wealth and is posed without her wig in the undressed fashion of the day. She wears an indigo robe over a white lace edged chemise, held in place by a jewelled broach. 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.
* Charity Woodroffe was the daughter of John Woodroffe. She married George Dod in 1682 and they lived at Highfields, Audlem. Their youngest son Edward Dod was a naval officer.
The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||29 inches x 24 inches (oval) (74cm x 61cm)|
|Framed Size||38 inches x 33 inches (oval) (96.5cm x 84cm)|