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333

Follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.

Portrait of a lady, bust-length

The Property of a Private Collector

Follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.

Follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.

Portrait of a lady, bust-length

Portrait of a lady, bust-length

The Property of a Private Collector

Follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.

Portrait of a lady, bust-length


oil on canvas, possibly reduced

unframed: 76.3 x 63.6 cm.; 30 x 25 in.

framed: 95.1 x 83 cm.; 37½ x 32⅝ in.

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. In raking light it is possible to discern a horizontal seam, or more likely fold, running the width of the canvas, through the top of the sitter's hair. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along this, along with areas of retouching throughout the background, most concentrated around the sitter's silhouette. There is a concentrated area of retouching in the sitter's forehead and down her nose, and the shadow down her cheek and neck on the left has been strengthened. There are also two small areas of restoration in her chest and in others in her dress. Despite these the painting presents well in its current state, without a need for further intervention. The painting is in overall fairly good condition.


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Anonymous sale, London, Bonhams, 12 May 2011, lot 346 (as circle of Sir Peter Lely), where acquired.