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SOLD....Portrait of a Lady in Blue 1745, by Charles Sommers
Oil on canvas in reproduction gilt frame.
Signed and dated lower left 'C. Sommers Pinxt 1745'.
This pleasing portrait is absolutely typical of its period. The artist clearly influenced by Thomas Hudson who was the fashionable portrait painter of the time.

CHARLES SOMMERS (fl. 1739-1753) worked in London and is known as a painter of small-scale full lengths often in the manner of Arthur Devis. This Hudsonesque portrait is not characteristic of Sommers; perhaps it was a special commission or an image of a member of his family?
He was successful enough to take on Richard Linnell as his apprentice in August 1752. His large group portrait of 'Sir William More-Molyneaux and Family'of 1739 is at Losely.

SIZE: 38 x 32.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Wiltshire private collection

Ref: 8505
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SOLD....Portrait of a lady in Blue c.1710; Circle of Kneller.
Oil on canvas in fine quality carved and giltwood 18th century frame.

This fine portrait is typical of its time; fashionably clad in her 'undress' the lady sits in an Arcadian landscape or parkland, her hands in the elegant positions considered to be a sign of good breeding, whilst she looks confidently out at the viewer
The gilded wooden frame is a work of art in its own right...exquisitely carved by a master craftsman, it encases the portrait with a sense of cost and luxury.
At night, by candlelight, with shadows flickering over the carving, this frame would have gleamed richly.

SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) was the most distinguished painter of baroque portraits in England.
Born in Lubeck, he trained with Bol and Rembrandt, coming to London in 1676.
By 1679 he had painted the King and remained the most famous and successful portrait painter in England until his death.
In 1688 he was made Principal Painter to the King and was knighted in 1692 and a made a baronet in 1715.
His style had a profound influence on British portraiture and a large number of artists, many very talented in their own right, emulated his fashionable style.

SIZE: 57 x 47.75 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, New York, U.S.A.
Ref: 8676
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SOLD....Portrait of a Lady in Blue c.1720; Circle of Kneller
Oil on canvas in fine period carved and giltwood frame.

A good early Georgian portrait utterly redolent of its period; the lady's hair is in the latest mode and her clothing the daring 'undress' favoured for portraiture at this period.

SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) was the most distinguished painter of baroque portraits in England.
Born in Lubeck, he trained with Bol and Rembrandt, coming to London in 1676.
By 1679 he had painted the King and remained the most famous and successful portrait painter in England until his death.
In 1688 he was made Principal Painter to the King and was knighted in 1692 and a made a baronet in 1715.
His style had a profound influence on British portraiture and a large number of artists, many very talented in their own right, emulated his fashionable style.

SIZE: 38 x 33inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: English Private Collection.
Ref: 8605
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SOLD....Portrait of a Lady in Blue c.1855; attributed to Charles Baxter RBA
Oil on canvas in original gilt frame.

Standing on a terrace the sitter looks out beguilingly, a fashionable Kashmir shawl over her arm.This charming portrait of a pretty young lady is a fine example of Baxter's work.
His female heads are especially characterised by refinement of expression and purity of colour, shown here to perfection.

CHARLES BAXTER RBA (March 1809 - 10 January 1879) was an English portrait and subject painter, known especially for his portraits of pretty young women.
Baxter was born in Little Britain, London in 1809, the son of a book clasp maker, and started his career apprenticed to a bookbinder. However, he gave up this business to commence life as a professional painter, chiefly of miniatures and portraits. In 1834 he made the acquaintance of George Clint, from whom he received some valuable instruction, and in the same year exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy.

In 1839 he joined the Clipstone Street Society, and studied there along with Paul Falconer Poole, William Müller, Edward Duncan (1804–1882), Joseph John Jenkins (1811–1885), Francis William Topham (1808–18), and others, who afterwards became distinguished in the profession. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1842, and contributed many paintings to its exhibitions.

SIZE: 33.5 x 29 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Sussex private collection.
Ref: 8663
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SOLD....Portrait of a Lady in Grey c.1720; Attributed to Enoch Seeman
A fine quality portrait of an attractive young lady sitting in an Arcadian landscape.

The mythical land of Arcady or Arcadia was a domain where love and happiness reigned and was a fashionable setting for portraiture and literature.

The sitter has flowers in her lap which had a strong symbolic meaning at the time. Fertility and future child bearing are signified, the flowers also are a reminder that youth, and indeed life, are fleeting things. However, the large rose dominating the flowers is a symbol of love and its power. This may well have been a portrait to commemorate an engagement to marriage.
The young lady conveys a sense of calm and serenity as she looks confidently at the viewer.

On the reverse of the painting is an old label mistakenly identifying the sitter as Maria Gunning, Countess of Coventry (1733-1760).

ENOCH SEEMAN (c.1694-1744) Enoch Seeman the Younger was born in Danzig, now Gdansk, Poland.. His father, also Enoch was born around 1661, and the Seeman family were painters. Having been brought to London from his home in Flanders by his father in 1704, the younger Seeman's painting career began with a group portrait of the Bisset family in the style of the portraitist Godfrey Kneller, now held at Castle Forbes in Grampian, Scotland, and dated by an inscription 1708.
As a painter to the British royal court he completed portraits of George I in 1730, in the robes of his coronation and of George II some years later. The first of these pictures is held at the Middle Temple in London, England, and the second is at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England, part of the Royal Collection. The Yale University Art Gallery owns a portrait of Elihu Yale in 1717 by Seeman and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, USA owns his rendering of Sir James Dashwood, described by the Grove Dictionary of Art as 'Exceptionally lively'.
Seeman's work is represented in the National Portrait Gallery in London. The National Trust owns three examples of his work - at Dunham Massey, Oxburgh Hall and Belton House.

SIZE: 53 x 43.25 inches inc. frame.

PROVENANCE: A private Surrey collection for many years. Verso: an old label for 'The Farnham Depository' and a handwritten inscription 'Maria Gunning, afterwards Countess of Coventry. On my decease this picture to be delivered to Nicholas Tyrell-Evans Esq; K.S. Wasey'.
Ref: 8526
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SOLD....Portrait of a Lady of the Orlebar family c.1735, by John Vanderbank.
Oil on canvas in fine quality custom built giltwood frame of early 18th century type.
This is almost certainly a betrothal portrait and is one of Vanderbank’s most attractive female portraits.
It hung in Hinwick House for generations and is most probably a lady of the Orlebar family. Richard Orlebar had built the beautiful mansion of Hinwick House in 1708.

JOHN VANDERBANK (1694-1739) was born in London into an artistic family at the close of the seventeenth century. The son of John Vanderbank Senior, the well known royal tapestry weaver, Vanderbank studied painting first with his father and the portrait painter Jonathan Richardson.
He was one of Godfrey Kneller's earliest pupils at the Academy of Painting from 1711, and in 1720, when Kneller’s academy began to decline, started his own Academy of painting in St. Martin's Lane.

Vanderbank himself was a very able draughtsman, who, in his prime, found his works favoured over those of Hogarth. His painting style followed on from the vigour and grand style of Kneller. His work, however, is characterised by a more vital and nervous drawing than many of his contemporaries, and by a bold pigmentation, particularly in the flesh, where pink tones are painted thinly over the cooler greys of the ground layer to suggest glowing skin – the technique of 'colori cangianti', derived via Rubens from the artists of the seicento. Equally distinctive in Vanderbank’s work is the placing of pure red pigments for the highlights.

It was noted by George Vertue that "only intemperance prevented Vanderbank from being the greatest portraitist of his generation." He died of tuberculosis in Holies Street, Cavendish Square, London, on 23 Dec. 1739, aged about 45, and was buried in Marylebone church.

SIZE: 50 x 40 inches canvas.
59 x 48.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: the Orlebars of Hinwick House, Bedfordshire, and by descent.
Image 5 shows Hinwick House.

Ref: 8578
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SOLD....Portrait of a Master of Foxhounds, c.1820; Attributed to James Barenger
Oil on canvas in good carved giltwood period frame.

A charming and good quality late Regency/George IV portrait of a mounted huntsman, hounds behind him and the hunt moving down the slope.

JAMES BARENGER (Jnr) 1780 – after 1831, was an English animal painter and illustrator.

Barenger was born in Kentish Town, London, the son of James Barenger Snr., a metal chaser and exhibited artist of insect paintings at the Society of Artists and Royal Academy. His mother was Sarah née Woolett, the daughter of the celebrated engraver, William Woollett; James's brother, S. Barenger, also became an engraver.

James started off painting landscapes but went on to paint horses, dogs and other animals, and hunting scenes. From the year 1807, at the age of 28, he exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. He was at this stage living with his father in Kentish Town, but later moved to Camden Town. He exhibited 48 paintings at the Royal Academy and 8 at the British Institution.

He acquired numerous wealthy and titled patrons and his pictures were also engraved for sporting publications such as W. H. Scott's "British Field Sports", "The Sporting Repository", "The Annals of Sporting" and "The Sporting Magazine".

As well as painting animals, Barenger also bred pointer dogs. He died around 1831 and was buried in Old St. Pancras churchyard.

An equestrian portrait by him of Jonathan Griffin, Huntsman to the Earl of Derby's Staghounds, painted in 1813, is in the Tate Gallery.

SIZE:28 x 31 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Westmoreland country house.
Ref: 8610
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SOLD....Portrait of a Member of the Stafford family 1613; English School
A good quality oil on panel with the coat of arms of the Stafford family upper left, and the inscription " T S Aet Suae 25 Ano 1613" (T S at his age of 25 in the year 1613). Now in a 19th century frame.

Verso an old painted inscription "William Stafford Obit 1625" (Died 1625), however, the initials beneath the armorial are T S, not W S. A possibility may be Thomas Stafford of Devon, gent., who graduated B.A. from Exeter College, Oxford on 12 November 1613.

Regardless of the precise identity of the sitter, this is a fine example of Jacobean portraiture. The sitter is sensitively depicted, with his face revealing an alert intelligence. The costly silk clothing, fine ruff and exquisitely worked belt buckle are all well painted and make the point of the sitter's wealth.

SIZE: 29.5 x 23.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: English Private Collection.

Ref: 8556
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SOLD....Portrait of a Noblewoman c.1600-1620: Anglo-Dutch School
Oil on canvas in reproduction 'cassetta' frame.

This extremely high quality portrait depicts an aristocratic lady of mature years, a coat of arms to her right.

The lady stands directly facing the viewer, her expression and gaze confident; this 'full frontal' pose was, at this time, usually reserved for men of power and thus makes a considerable statement as to the prestige and status of the sitter.
Her clothing, with the hugely expensive 'reticella' lace, elaborate embroidery and princely display of jewels, demonstrates vast wealth.

This portrait is a symbol of power for an independently minded woman - yet the image is not a mere icon. There is humour and good nature to the face...as well as a strong sense of an autocratic will.


Although the names of sitter and artist are as yet unknown this is a fine portrait of a noblewoman in the mould of Elizabeth l and Bess of Hardwick.. a strong, powerful woman succeeding in a man's world.

SIZE: 38 x 32.75 inches inc. frame.

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Edinburgh for the last 30 years.
(Bought by the previous owners in Surrey in 1977)
Ref: 8462
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SOLD....Portrait of a Physician c. 1780; Follower of Sir Nathaniel Dance R.A.
Oil on canvas in a simple frame.

An unusual portrait of a physician/surgeon c.1770, his right arm resting on a medical book and an anatomy diagram to his right.
The doctor wears a good quality broadcloth suit expensively trimmed with silver braid; he wears his own hair rather than a wig and it is unpowdered. He looks out with a serious but benign expression...the very image of a competent professional man.

SIR NATHANIEL DANCE R.A. (1735 - 1811) was a neo-classical history painter and portraitist. Son of an architect, he was trained as an artist by Francis Hayman from c.1749. He went to Rome in 1754 until 1765, working with Pompeo Batoni.
He met, and fell in love with, Angelica Kauffmann but the relationship ended when they returned to London in 1766.
Dance had a very good portrait business in London, painting the King and Queen.
His male portraits were renowned for being solid and full of character.
He was elected a founder member of the Royal Academy.
He became a baronet and inherited a fortune in the 1770s and gave up portrait painting in 1782, becoming an M.P. in 1790.

SIZE: 39 x 31.5 inches inc. frame



PROVENANCE: Private Collection.
Ref: 8246
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