Attributed to Edmund Ashfield (British, active 1669-circa 1690) A Gentleman, wearing black cloak, white stock and lace jabot, his long natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders
Lot 23
Attributed to Edmund Ashfield
(British, active 1669-circa 1690)
A Gentleman, wearing black cloak, white stock and lace jabot, his long natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,509) inc. premium

Lot Details
Attributed to Edmund Ashfield (British, active 1669-circa 1690)
A Gentleman, wearing black cloak, white stock and lace jabot, his long natural wig falling in curls over his shoulders.
Watercolour on vellum, later brass frame with scrolled attachment to the base.
Oval, 78mm (3 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Same Private Collection since the eighteenth century

    Several artists have been suggested for this fascinating late seventeenth century portrait. Although Samuel Cooper's name has been attached in the past, the present work is too late in date to be attributed to him. Graham Reynolds considered Richard Gibson, comparing the portrait to a Gibson in the Victoria and Albert Museum [inv.no. P.40-1929]. The drapery, however, is perhaps not quite as accomplished as one would expect from Gibson's work of this date.

    Recent research by John Murdoch in Seventeenth Century English Miniatures in the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (1997) has highlighted the work of Edmund Ashfield. Better known for his pastels, Ashfield relied on unconventional techniques for his small body of portrait miniatures. In common with signed examples of his work in the V&A, the present portrait exhibits the bare vellum for tonality in the face and the watercolour is laid down in thin washes, as opposed to the thick, layered gouache favoured by Ashfield's contemporaries.
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