Portrait of a Girl
Portrait of a Girl

GILBERT JACKSON (worked from c.1640)

Portrait of a Girl

1640 United Kingdom

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Gilbert Jackson
English Active: 1620 - 1650
Portrait of a Girl
Oil on panel, signed upper left and Inscribed upper right
Image size: 24 ½ x 20 inches
Ornate 18th century carved giltwood frame
This charming portrait displays many of the features attributed to Jackson. The sumptuous scarlet of her gown and teal background was also a recurring feature as his portraits often demonstrated a noticeably strong use of colour.

Other features of Jackson’s work are the detailed way in which he depicts costume and, in particular, his bold use of colour. Here the artist has chosen a teal background, which is strikingly bright next to sumptuous scarlet of the sitter’s gown and the ribbon in her hair. Jackson’s skill is evident in his handling of the light as it catches the lace on the dress and passes through the fine material of the intricate collar, and in the way that he brings across the light, wispy texture of the girl’s hair in contrast to the hard, smooth surface of the pearls at her ears and around her neck.

An inscription at the top of the painting gives us part of the artist’s signature, (upper left), as well as the initials and age of the sitter, (upper right). The sitter aged 14 is most likely the daughter of a noble family, painted during one of the artist’s trips outside London.
Height 24.50 inch (62.23 cm)
Width 20.00 inch (50.80 cm)
Oil on panel
Signed upper left and Inscribed upper right
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