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Portrait miniature of a Nobleman, wearing armour with gold embroidered sleeves and lace jabot, his hair worn long and curled, c.1670 

 English School 

Portrait miniature of a Nobleman, wearing armour with gold embroidered sleeves and lace jabot, his hair worn long and curled, c.1670,  English School
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Oil on copper (oval)
17th Century
Oval, 3 5/8in (85mm) high
 
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The sitter in the portrait was originally thought to have been of Royal birth, but as there is no insignia about his person this seems unlikely. Small oil portraits on metal were popular at this time, combining the prestige of an oil painting with the portable size of a portrait miniature. Frustratingly, few of these hands are known by name, but many of these small masterpieces were executed by itinerant British or Dutch artists. The artist of this portrait appears to have been aware of the work of miniaturists Nicholas Dixon (c.1645-after 1708) and Peter Crosse (c.1645-1724), as they ape both the technique and composition of these limners.
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