Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Sir Sidney Backwith 1690s

Sir John Baptist De Medina 1659 - 1710

Portrait of Sir Sidney Backwith, Sir John Baptist De Medina
Oil on canvas
17th Century
50 x 40 inches 127 x 101.2 cm
At his best Medina was easily capable of rivalling Kneller with sophisticated portraits such as this present example, though unusually he is believed to have painted such examples pose first, using the ''posture'' as a template on which the face was later painted from life, the reverse of the usual practice.
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