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Richard Gibson (known as ‘Dwarf Gibson’ in his circle), was born in Cumberland and worked as an apprentice in a tapestry works before entering the household of Philip Herbert 4th Earl of Pembroke. By 1639 he was employed in the court as a ‘Page of the Back-Stairs’, experiencing great popularity with the King.
By the Restoration Gibson was tremendously successful and by the late 1660’s he changed his signature from ‘DG’, for ‘Dwarf’ or maybe ‘Dick’ to ‘RG’ for Richard, a pertinent display of his new status. He became the King's Limner after Cooper's death, and was appointed drawing-master to the Duke of York’s daughters.
The brilliant blue background, is a unique feature in Gibson's oeuvre, and reminds one of the work of Alexander Cooper, whose work Gibson would have seen when he accompanied Princess Mary to the Hague in 1677.
|Height||45.00 mm||(1.77 inches)|