Archive for May 20th, 2012

May 20, 2012

Vincent Denne

Painted by Cornelius Janssens van Ceulen in 1640. I can’t find much about Vincent, but he lived in Kent and died two years after this portrait was painted. He looks straight out of the picture and is neatly turned out in braided doublet and linen. His falling band is well painted, you can almost feel the texture of the linen, edged with what looks like linen cutwork and tied with bandstrings and worked tassels. Spot also the unbuttoned lower portion of his doublet and the lace on his shirt that peeks out.

May 20, 2012

Lucius Cary Viscount Falkland

Painted by an unknown artist, the famous politician and author, who was known for his reckless charge at the battle of Newbury, which was tantamount to suicide. This was probably a pre war painting, but Falkland is dressed in a slashed doublet that shows his shirt through the gaps in the cloth. He has also pulled some of his shirt through the lower part of his doublet that has been left unbuttoned. Looking closely, you can see his sword belt that follows the line of his fashionable pointed waist and the ribbon bows decorating the doublet below that. Laced falling band and matching cuffs. This picture hangs in St Johns College Cambridge.