An unknown Gentleman
An unknown Gentleman
An unknown Gentleman

NICHOLAS DIXON (died 1708)

An unknown Gentleman

c. 1670 United Kingdom

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Wearing a blue sash over an ochre doublet
gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting


The artist who succeeded Cooper as Charles II's 'limner in ordinary' in 1673 was Nicholas (Nathaniel) Dixon (c.1645-1708). Although he lacked Cooper's international reputation, it gives an idea of Dixon's talent and ambition that he received the same payment and benefits as his predecessor.

Although not seemingly signed the almond shaped eyes are so typical of Dixon's hand during the 1670's. In the 1680's Dixon's work becomes rough and less finished. This may reflect either a decline in standard, or a deliberate attempt to create, like Flatman, a contrasting style to the easy glamour of his earlier court portraiture. Unfortunately he failed to capture the imagination of his clients through this period, he fell into financial difficulties and was forced to mortgage 70 of his miniatures.

Minor paint loss at the border (7 o'clock).
Greta Heckett Collection
Ex the late Robert Bayne-Powell Collection
Sotheby's, 11 October, 1994, lot 12
Dimensions
Height 5.80 cm (2.28 inches)
Stock Code
4885
Medium
Painted on vellum
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