Attributed to John Riley. Portrait of a Lady with Spaniel
Attributed to John Riley. Portrait of a Lady with Spaniel

Attributed to John Riley. Portrait of a Lady with Spaniel

c. 1680 England

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Attributed to John Riley (London 1646 - 1691) Portrait of a Lady with Spaniel. The Lady, seated in a landscape, wears a mauve dress with crimson coloured cloak draped over one shoulder, her arm resting on an urn next to an orange tree, her other arm holding a pet spaniel in her lap. Bears Christies stencil mark on reverse. Circa 1680.

Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame.

This portrait is likely to be a 'marriage' portrait with the orange tree simultaneously flowering and bearing fruit symbolizing fertility and its white blossoms, purity and innocence. The spaniel in her lap representing the qualities of loyalty and faithfulness.

John Riley (1646 - 1691) was born in London and was a pupil of Isaac Fuller and Gerard Soest. In 1688 he was made joint Chief Painter to the King alongside Godfrey Kneller. He had a close working relationship with John Closterman who painted the drapery elements of his portraits and later he also worked with Gaspars who painted the 'postures' of his sitters. He became known for being able to portray a good sense of character of his mostly unpretentious sitters.
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Private Collection, Louisiana, USA
With Frost and Reed as being by 'Riley'

Property of Margaret, Countess of Kimberley in 1946 when sold through Christies, London on February 28th 1947 to her son John Wodehouse, Lord Kimberley, 4th Earl of Kimberley.

By descent in the Wodehouse Family, later Earls of Kimberley, of Kimberley Hall, Norfolk.
Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters'.
Height 143.00 cm (56.30 inches)
Width 121.00 cm (47.64 inches)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas
Circa 1680
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