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

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Date and artist attribution sought by Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum has recently been asked to identify the sitter in this portrait. Writing on the reverse of the frame identifies this sitter at Charles (Skyrme) Fanshawe of Island House, Laugharne [Carmarthenshire]. It also state that the sitter is descended from King Charles II and his wife Lucy Walter through their daughter Mary, wife […]

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Ideas sought on artist and sitter

A member is looking for ideas as to artist attribution and sitter identity regarding this miniature portrait, oil on copper. The sitter wears an unidentified medal and lace-edged collar. Please use the comments section at the bottom of the page to share your ideas.  

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Lady Ann Fanshawe attributed to Mignard, 1660?

Valence House Museum has been asked to find more information on this portrait. An inscription on the reverse of the canvas (see below) states that the sitter is Lady Ann Fanshawe (1625-80) and was painted by Mignard in 1660. However, in 1660 Lady Ann would have been 35 years old, and the sitter in this […]

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Unknown woman by Herman Verelst, 1688

Colleagues at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, have posted an image of their portrait by Herman Verelst, dated 1688. On reverse of the frame are labels reading “Mrs. Burslem [crossed out: Barnardiston] / from Mrs. Smith” and “Boddam-Whetham”. They welcome any thoughts regarding the possible identity of the sitter. […]

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Can you help identify the sitter of this 1915 portrait?

A member has submitted the following query; please add your suggestions in the Comments box at the bottom of the page: I am trying to source the sitter of this portrait by Richard Jack. The picture is dated 1915 and clearly depicts a well-to-do gentry type, typical of many of Jack’s sitters. It is done […]

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Possible laird of Barnbarroch

Can you help with this query about dating? This is (or was) a painting from my family home, Barnbarroch of an unknown Vans Agnew. Because of the size of the work and it’s important position (in a photo of the room in 1907) I presume it to be of a laird of Barnbarroch and therefore […]

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Joseph and Alexander Van Aken

An independent scholar is seeking advice on the practice of the drapery painters Joseph (c.1699-1749) and Alexander (1701-1757) Van Aken/Vanhaecken: From roughly 1725 to 1760 a large majority of British portraits’ clothing & landscapes were supposedly painted by the workshop of Joseph Van Haecken (d. 1749) and his brother Alexander. The link between him and […]

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Who is the painter ‘Clifford’?

A member is looking for information on an eighteenth-century portraitist called Clifford (forenames unknown), who executed the adjoining painting. “Clifford appears to have been a travelling portrait painter who spent some time in Cornwall and resided for a while in Truro. This portrait (top left, and bottom) shows Francis Jenkins of Truro (1756- 1839). He […]

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