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

Queries: 'Artists'

Portrait of a Bavarian lady, c1850

A member is seeking artist attributions and thoughts on sitter identity for this work, believed to be a Bavarian lady c.1850. Please use the comment space below to share your ideas.

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Artists and dates sought for these Leeds/Dewsbury portraits

A member is attempting to identify four portrait sitters by artist attributions or proposed dates. The portraits are in a private family collection, and the sitters lived in the Leeds/Dewsbury area. Click the thumbnails for larger images. Please use the comment space below to share your ideas.

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Who is the artist of this portrait?

The label on the reverse reads ‘Painting of the Disbrow Family’.  It was sold by Christie’s in 1920 attributed to Peter Lely, but this is now being questioned by the owner who suspects it may be a work by Greenhill. Major General John Disbrow (1608–80) (also Disbrowe/Desborough) of Walton Hall was a high-ranking Parliamentarian.  In […]

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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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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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Possible subject or sitters, and artist sought

A network member is seeking assistance in identifying the sitters in this group portrait or the subject matter, and ideas as to artist. “I am researching a portrait which was originally thought to represent Samuel Foote with David Garrick and his wife Eva Maria Veigel, but this identification has now been disproved. There is evidence […]

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