Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing red coat with gold buttons over tied white cravat, curled and powdered wig 

Benjamin Arlaud (c.1670 - after 1731)

Portrait miniature of a Gentleman, wearing red coat with gold buttons over tied white cravat, curled and powdered wig, Benjamin Arlaud
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Watercolour on vellum
18th Century
Oval, 43mm. (1 11/16ins.) high
 
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The present work, dateable to the beginning of the eighteenth century, is typical of the style of portraiture that was pioneered ‘in little’ by the likes of Christian Zincke and Charles Boit and in large by Godfrey Kneller and Michael Dahl.

The artist of this miniature, Benjamin Arlaud, was very accomplished as can be seen from the delicate stippling technique used in the face, and the combination of fluid curls with linear strokes in the hair reflect his confidence. The colours too remain remarkably fresh in this work, the deep red of the coat maintaining its dominance against, what appears to be, an embroidered cravat.
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