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Set in the original gold frame with scroll top
This finely painted oil portrait is intriguing as it closely emulates the pose and proportions of portrait miniatures by artists working in watercolour, particularly the work of Thomas Flatman (1635-1688) and Matthew Snelling (1621-1678). Both artists employed a distinctive half-sky (or landscape) and half-drapery background. The original silver-gilt frame, with its scrolling hanger, is also far more closely associated with watercolour portrait miniatures than with small oils on copper.
It has not been possible to ascertain whether the name 'T. Sheridon' refers to the sitter or artist. Given that the costume of the sitter dates to the early 1660s, it is perhaps more likely a reference to the sitter, who may have died in the year 1722. The inscription ends with the latin abbreviation for 'Fecit', which can be translated literally as 'he made'. Usually employed by the artist, this may, in this case refer to a family member who has added a later inscription to the painting. It has not been possible to find an artist working with the name Sheridon and it may be assumed, given the quality of the painting that the work is by a professional hand.
The oil was formerly erroneously ascribed to John Oliver - who in fact was the artist Issac Oliver (c.1560-1617). Although the sitter and artist remain a mystery this is nevertheless an enchanting and well executed oil
|Height||4.20 cm||(1.65 inches)|