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English School, Unknown Young Man

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
Unknown Young Man
Location
Brown Parlour
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 66 cm, Overall width: 52 cm
Artist
English School
Catalogue Number
DN9

Description

The traditional identification of the sitter as James Gunman (1696–1757) does not appear convincing, given that he was a naval officer. Rather, the portrait appears to represent a scholar in his mid- to late teens, painted at some point in the seventeenth century, but possibly evoking an even earlier age. The gown and the embroidered shirt suggest some sort of courtly or institutional affiliation.

by Martin Postle

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