A finely painted portrait traditionally identified as Walter Williamson of Cardrona, circle of John Closterman. The subject, posed in a grey wig denoting his high social rank stares out confidently at the viewer. The portrait has clearly been painted by an artist of great ability who has been influenced by John Closterman.
Walter Williamson (d.1735) was the son of Thomas Williamson a merchant in Peebles, Scotland. He built a town mansion in 1693 which later became The Cleikum Inn or Cross Keys Inn a favourite haunt of Sir Walter Scott.
John Closterman was a German portrait painter of the late 17th and early 18th century. He was born in Osnabrück, Germany and went to Paris to study under François de Troy. He came to England in 1681 where he worked for John Riley and was commissioned to paint portraits by noblemen and other wealthy patrons.
The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||29.5 inches x 24.5 inches (75cm x 62cm)|
|Framed Size||36.5 inches x 31.5 inches (93cm x 80cm)|