Self-portrait by Edward Collier, oil on canvas, 1683 © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Seeking information about ‘The Black Boy’ (1844) by William L. Windus

‘The Black Boy’ was painted by Liverpool artist William L. Windus in 1844. The portrait has been on display in the International Slavery Museum since 2007, but there are still many things that we don’t know about the sitter and his experiences as a Black child in 19th century Liverpool. Following a dedicated research project, […]

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Seeking artist for ‘English School’

  A new query for the network: “…. an interesting double portrait which I acquired as ‘English School’ and I was wondering if it could be possible to attribute an artist to it? It seems to have a strong stylistic similarity to Sarah Hoadly’s portrait of her husband Bishop Benjamin Hoadly in the National Portrait […]

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Looking for artist attributions and sitter identity

A new submission to the queries board as follows: I am trying to find some help with a portrait I came across about two years ago. This oil on canvas has a plate at the bottom that reads, ‘Lady Fitzgerald, Thomas Gainsborough’. Hugh Belsey later ruled out this being the artist and suggested maybe it […]

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Portraits with West Indian soldiers and attendants seeking attributions

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum at Winchester has in its collection two full-length portraits of Major General Coote Manningham (1765-1809) and his brother Lieutenant Colonel Boyd Manningham (1766-97). They were received from descendants of these two brothers by the Rifle Brigade Museum in 1956. Framed, they are apparently unsigned and undated. The two pictures […]

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Seeking artist attribution

A member is seeking artist attributions for this portrait, or information on artists working in court circles at this time. Portrait of King George III, wearing Windsor uniform, c.1800 oil on canvas, unsigned, relined Private collection, Europe Please add your responses in the comments box below.

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Kneller’s backgrounds

A member has sent in the following query regarding Kneller’s backgrounds, looking for thoughts and comments: I am seeking to understand Kneller’s use of backgrounds in his portraits: were they realistic, symbolic or pure imagination? I am asking in reference to this portrait of the Earl Bathurst, then the Lord Bathurst. I’m researching Chichester Park, […]

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Seeking artist and sitter suggestions

A member is seeking suggestions as to artist and sitter for this portrait of a young man with riding crop, 100 x 127 cms. There’s a Charles Roberson stamp on the canvas. Click the image below for a larger version. Please use the comments space below to send your responses, thanks.    

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Seeking sitter’s identity

A member in the US is seeking help in identifying the female sitter in this work, attributed to Thomas Hudson. The remains of a hand-written label on the reverse reads ‘… John Durrant Esq of | Silverton, Devon’. Click on the images below to enlarge. Please share your thoughts using the comments box below.

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Portrait of a lady c.1675

A member has been in touch seeking comments on this portrait of an unknown lady c.1675, style of Beale/Lely, uncleaned. Click on the images to enlarge, and please use the comments function below to post your response, thank you.

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