Archive for October 21st, 2012

October 21, 2012

Portrait of a Lady and Her Son

By Edward Bower the parliamentarian artist famed for his portrait of Charles I during the King’s trial in 1648. I can find nothing out about this picture except that it came up for auction a few years ago and was bought by a private collector. This rather serious pair are dressed in their finery for the picture. The boy wears a smart brown doublet and breeches with open sleeves with matching thread-wrapped bead buttons four of which have been left rakishly unfastened for his shirt to poke out. He has matching band and cuffs with a rather nice knotted tasselled end to his bandstrings. The lady wears a rather sombre black petticoat and bodice, picked out with red ribbons and a couple of expensive looking pearl strings. The layers of cutwork lace on her cuffs and neckerchief are particularly splendid.

October 21, 2012

Daniel Goodricke by unknown artist

Painted in 1634, Daniel Goodrick had just returned from the Thirty Years War and was yet to rise to the rank of Sergeant Major in the Parliament army. He is a confection of several colours. Bright red breeches and almost completely braided slashed sleeves, (through which you can see his shirt and the red lining) on his doublet under a leather buffcoat with braided seams. The falling band shows off a wide edge of bobbin lace over a metal gorget. On his hip he holds a red blocked hat with ostrich plumes, and hanging from a black sash is the Order of Gustavus Adolphus. This painting is owned by the York Museums Trust

October 21, 2012

An Interior with King Charles I, Queen Henrietta Maria, Jeffery Hudson, William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke and His Brother Philip Herbert

Sadly I can’t zoom closer on this painting to see details, but it’s a really nice naturalistic group from the 1630s with the King and Queen. Notice the King’s dwarf Jeffrey Hudson wearing the suit that he was painted wearing in the woods by Muytens here. ¬†William Herbert and his brother were known principally for sponsoring the first folio editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The picture is dated 1630-35, but probably the earlier date is correct as William died in 1630. His brother lived on to play a backstage role on the parliament side in the wars. Picture is by Hendrick van Steenwijk and hangs in the Government Art Collection in London.