PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN - ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN CLOSTERMAN.
Portrait of a gentleman, oil on canvas, later mounted on board, in its original carved and giltwood 17th century frame.
JOHN CLOSTERMAN (1660-1711) was born in Osnabruck, the son of an artist. He studied under his father until he moved to Paris in 1679 to work with the portraitist Francois de Troy. In 1681 Closterman arrived in England and began a partnership with established painter John Riley. By 1683 Closterman had established an independent practice; where he became adept at pictures that combined baroque poses . They also had a slight French influence, evidenced in the portrait by the unusual pink and gold colours of the sitters robes.
Closterman's clients included some of the leading writers, artists, musicians and physicians of the day, and as his reputation grew he garnered aristocratic patrons, including the Dukes of Somerset and Marlborough. His last documented picture is dated 1704, and he devoted his last years to dealing in Old Master paintings. An exhibition of his work was held by the National Portrait Gallery in 1981 under the title of 'Master of the Baroque Portrait'.
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Provenance: Private Collection Boston, New England.
Canvas : 29" x 24" / 74cm x 61cm.
Frame: 37" x 31" / 92cm x 78cm.
Internal Ref: 00012