Historical Portraits Picture Archive

A portrait of a Gentleman called Dr. Atkinson, wearing ruff and black doublet c. 1620

 English School 

A portrait of a Gentleman called Dr. Atkinson, wearing ruff and black doublet,  English School
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Oil on metal
17th Century
Oval, 1 7/8 inches (48mm) high
 
This portrait, painted in oil on a metal support, uses a blue background to emulate tradition ‘limnings’ or miniatures painted in watercolour on vellum.

The seventeenth- and eighteenth-century notes enclosed within the sitter’s case are not entirely consistent with the date of the portrait. Although they state that the portrait was executed in 1655, the costume can be dated closer to 1620. As a doctor of divinity, it would not have been unusual to be portrayed in sombre, anachronistic clothing.

Although it has not been possible to find a comparable portrait, the sitter may in fact represent Thomas Atkinson (1600-1639), an English divine and dramatist who was also a scholar of St. John’s college, Oxford.
Philip Mould Ltd, 18-19 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5LU.Copyright Philip Mould Ltd.