An unknown Gentleman with moustache
An unknown Gentleman with moustache
An unknown Gentleman with moustache

RICHARD GIBSON (1615-1690)

An unknown Gentleman with moustache

c. 1670 United Kingdom

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Wearing armour and white lawn collar, long full-bottomed wig and small brown moustache
set in the original gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting

Gibson known as "Dwarf Gibson", was a painter of miniatures and a court dwarf in the reigns of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and William and Mary.
Gibson was appointed "Page of the Back Stairs" under Charles I. During the English Civil War Gibson stayed in London with Pembroke, and thus became associated with the Parliamentary faction. By the 1650s Gibson appears to have been closely linked to Charles Dormer, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon, grandson of the Earl of Pembroke.During Cromwell's regime he remained active as a painter at the Protector's court. However, Gibson's patrons in the 1650s are typically Royalists, but generally of the faction that had been supporters of parliament early in the war
His association with Cromwell did not affect his career under Charles II. He was employed as drawing-master to Princess Mary and Princess Anne, the daughters of Charles' brother James (later King James II). He went with Mary to the Netherlands for her marriage to William of Orange in 1677. He came back to England in 1688 when William and Mary became monarchs after the overthrow of James II.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 25 (# 69).
Height 5.80 cm (2.28 inches)
gouache on vellum
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