Fine oval 17th century portrait of a gentleman ‘traditionally identified’ as Sir Cloudesley Shovell, wearing a russett silk cloak, white stock and full wig. Highly decorative and housed in its original carved painted and gilded Lely style frame, this portrait is ready to hang and enjoy.

John Baptist de Medina (1659 – 1710)   Medina was an artist of Flemish-Spanish origin who worked in England and Scotland, mostly as a portrait painter, though he was also the first illustrator of Paradise Lost by John Minton in 1688. John de Medina set up a studio in London around 1686 and was soon rivalling that other foreign-born portrait painter, Sir Godfrey Kneller. In 1694 he moved to Edinburgh, having been persuaded by his aristocratic Scottish clients in London to paint their wives and families back home. Medina often presents his distinguished sitters, wearing a large full wig and swathed in an elegant cloaks such as this.

Sir Cloudesley Shovell (1660-1707)
As a boy Admiral of the Fleet Sir Cloudesley Shovell swam underwater through enemy lines to deliver messages. As a junior officer he saw action at the Battle of Solebay and then at the Battle of Texel during the Third Anglo Dutch War As a captain he fought at the Battle of Bantry during the Williamite War in Ireland.

As a flag officer Shovell commanded a division at the Battle of  Barfleur during the Nine Years’ war  and during the battle distinguished himself by being the first to break through the enemy's line. During the War of the Spanish Succession, Shovell commanded a squadron which served under Admiral  George Rooke  at the  capture of Gibraltar and the Battle of Malaga Working in conjunction with a landing force under the Earl of Peterborough his forces undertook the siege and capture of Barcelona.

He was appointed commander-in-chief of the Navy while at Lisbon the following year. He also commanded the naval element of a combined attack on Toulon base of the main French fleet, in coordination with the Austrian army under Prince Eugene of Savoy in the summer of 1707. His life was brought to an end in a Ship wreck in the Isles of Scilly later that year. Legend has it that after a disastrous shipwreck in the Isles of Scilly he was washed ashore alive only to be then bludgeoned to death for his emerald ring.

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Canvas : 25" x 30" / 64cm x 77cm.
Frame: 32'“ x 38”/ 81cm x 97cm. 
Internal Ref: 00057

Price: £6250