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


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Portrait of a naval officer by Allan Ramsay

The sitter in this Allan Ramsay portrait of 1741 may be a naval officer  – can you assist the McLean Museum & Art Gallery in identifying his rank him ? Please register your comments on the Art Detective website here >>

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Pendant portraits at Valence House Museum

Acquired by Valence House Museum in 1972, very little is known about these two portraits. The sitters are wearing mid-17th century clothing and the portraits seem to form a pair. The paintings have been removed from their stretchers and appear to have undergone conservation at some point, possibly following fire damage. Any suggestions as to […]

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Portrait of a Lady – artist attributions sought

This portrait in an American private collection was purchased at auction with the following cataloguing: ‘Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs. William Wilson, neé Miss Caroline Fry (1787-1846), early 19th c., circle of Sir Thomas Lawrence, oil on canvas, unsigned, 36 in. x 29 in., in inner liner of original frame. The sitter depicted here […]

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Portrait of a Lady, c.1825

In 1970 this portrait was exhibited by the Sabin Galleries as the work of John Constable. The picture was acquired as such by the Art Gallery of New South Wales (acc no 29.1971), but the attribution was rejected by Renée Free in her 1987 catalogue. A plausible attribution has yet to be found. A date […]

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Unknown man and artist at Rokeby

This portrait is probably part of the collection of Sir Thomas Robinson Bt. (?1701-1778) at Rokeby Park, near Barnard Castle, Co.Durham. Robinson sold the estate, house and contents to John Sawrey Morritt in 1769. The painting has been on view to the public since 1986 but the identity of the sitter and artist remains elusive. […]

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Portrait of a Lady c.1815-20

This work in a private collection is considered close to Lawrence, c.1815-20, but the artist and sitter are so far unidentified. The frame is believed to be French, c.1800-25; the label on the reverse is from the workshop of Samuel Coombe, 331 Strand, London. Ideas as to possible artists, or even sitter identity, are very […]

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Portrait of a Lady at Birmingham Museums Trust

This portrait is in the collection of Birmingham Museums Trust and has a problematic attribution. It was acquired in 1999 as by Romney, but we have never been able to confirm this and we are hoping to draw on the Understanding British Portrait network’s expertise to try and find out more about it. Our former […]

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Portrait of Samuel de Wilde (1748-1832), artist unknown

Mr Olivier Mertens of The Hague is seeking assistance in identifying the artist of this portrait of Samuel de Wilde (1748-1832). ‘The present painting, which is in very good condition, is painted (in oil) on a metal oval (height approximately 10 inches) and is neither signed nor dated. Nevertheless, the identity of the sitter is […]

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Seeking portraits of Thelma Hulbert

The following call for information from Deborah Smith, Thelma Hulbert Gallery Officer, Plymouth University/Kingston University: I am researching the life of the painter Thelma Hulbert (1913-1995), and I am attempting to trace a portrait painted by Elsie Few (wife of Claude Rodgers) titled ‘Thelma Painting at the Euston Road School’. The painting may be ascribed […]

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Portrait of Sir Robert Turnbull

This portrait is in the collection of the National Railway Museum. Thoughts on the artist’s identity would be appreciated – please use the ‘add a comment’ facility below. Details: Painting, oil on canvas Portrait of Sir Robert Turnbull, Chairman, London & North Western Railway in 1920. 1017 mm x 765 mm The painting was acquired […]

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