CORNELIUS JOHNSON | A portrait of a lady, half-length, wearing an orange silk dress and a green silk shawl
London 1593 - 1661 Utrecht
A PORTRAIT OF A LADY, HALF-LENGTH, WEARING AN ORANGE SILK DRESS AND A GREEN SILK SHAWL
signed and dated centre right: Cornelius Johnson. / Van Ceulen / fecit / 1657
oil on canvas
unframed: 75.1 x 61.3 cm.; 29⅝ x 24⅛ in.
framed: 89.6 x 76.3 cm.; 35¼ x 30⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a concentrated band of retouching approx. 2 cm. from the left margin running vertically from the centre down to the lower left corner. A network of very fine lines of retouching is apparent throughout the sitter's face, chest and parts of her dress to disguise the appearance of craquelure. There are also small areas of retouching in the lower right corner. There appears to be some older restoration around all four margins and possibly on the sitter's sleeve but these are difficult to discern. The painting is in overall fairly good condition and ready to hang in its current state.
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By whom sold, Berlin, Rudolph Lepke, 7 May 1918, lot 83;
By whom sold, Copenhagen, V. Winkel & Magnussen, 2 June 1924, lot 675;
A. Young-Reusch, Oslo, 1962;
Anonymous sale ('Property from a Private Collection'), London, Sotheby's Olympia, 6 July 2004, lot
Cornelius Johnson was born in London, where his family had fled from Cologne and Antwerp to escape religious persecution. He was one of the most popular English portraitists of his time, and became court painter to James I and Charles I. In 1643 he moved back to Holland, where the present work was painted in 1655 - his work at this time in his career had considerably evolved, and bears more resemblance to Dutch portraiture.