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PORTRAIT OF ISABELLA, DUCHESS OF GRAFTON
ENOCH SEEMAN II
C.1694 – 1744 Inscribed
Oil on canvas 35 x 29 inches
Framed size 42 ½ x 36 ½ inches
Enoch Seeman the younger was born in Danzig now Gdansk, Poland.
He was trained by his father who brought him as a boy to London from their previous home in Flanders in 1704.
By 1708 he was creating remarkably good portraits whilst still only a teenager.
His self portrait of that period shows an element of the works of J. Closterman but his early commissioned portraits follow the style of Kneller rather more, who was the most popular portraitist of the day.
By 1717 Enoch had established a very successful portrait practice in London.
He became the British Royal Court painter and painted portraits of both George I and II amongst many other members of the British aristocracy.
Seeman charged 20 guineas for a full length portrait in 1732.
His last and largest work is of ‘Lady Cust and Nine Children’ (1743 Belton).
He became extremely popular with members of the British aristocracy.
This work is based on a Kneller format work of the same sitter and most likely commissioned for a member of her family.
Enoch Seeman died in London in March 1744.
His son Paul became a painter and also his brother Isaac.
Works Represented: Sudbury Hall; Leeds CAG; Canterbury Museum; National Portrait Gallery, London; Yale; Her Majesty the Queen; Metropolitan Museum New York; Durham Massey; Belton House.
Bibl: Portrait Painters - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten
Provenance: By decent from the sitters family
|Height||35.00 inch||(88.90 cm)|
|Width||29.00 inch||(73.66 cm)|
|External Height||42.50 inch||(107.95 cm)|
|External Width||36.50 inch||(92.71 cm)|
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