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Portrait of Bainbrigg Buckeridge (1668-1733) 1695c.

Michael Dahl (1659-1743)

Portrait of Bainbrigg Buckeridge (1668-1733), Michael Dahl
Oil on canvas
17th Century
28 ½ x 23 inches 71.8 x 58.42 cm
Descent in the Buckeridge family. Collection of Norman Buckeridge 1929.
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This excellent 'Picture of my Grandfather Bainbrigg Buckeridge' was painted by Dahl - My Grandfather was the Son of Nicholas Buckeridge of Northaw Herts and London his wife one of the Coheiresses of Wm. Bainbrigg by whom the Estate of St Giles''s London came into the Buckeridge Family
My Grandfather was married to Mary G(...)ing in 1711
Miss Catherine Buckeridge. Label verso.

Bainbrigg Buckeridge was the son of an East India Company merchant. He graduated from St John's College, Oxford, in 1695, intending to be a physician. Instead he took up drawing and painting and travelled to the Netherlands to pursue his interest in art. He was later employed by John Sheffield, 2nd Duke of Buckingham (1648-1721), but the nature of his work is unknown. In 1704 he wrote a poem praising the Duke's pictures at his newly built Buckingham House, London; he addressed another to Antonio Verrio, suggesting a decorative programme for Blenheim Palace, Oxon, to be built for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and begun by John Vanbrugh the following year (see Poems, v, pp. 158-76).

Buckeridge's most important contribution to art is his collection of lives of painters, published in 1706 as part of the first English translation of Roger de Piles''s Abrégé de la vie des peintres (1699). Previous accounts in English had followed the tradition of Vasari''s Vite (2/1568) and van Mander's Schilder-boeck ([1603]-4) in emphasizing the Italian, Netherlandish and German schools. Although there is some discussion of English artists in Richard Graham''s Short Account of the Most Eminent Painters (1695), Buckridge's work was the first attempt to construct a history of English painting within this formulaic biographical framework. He borrowed heavily from Graham and others, and his name was not disclosed until the third edition. His notion of an English school embraced foreign artists who had been active in England, for instance Orazio Gentileschi and Hans Holbein (ii), as well as the fashionable court painters Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller.

Examples of his own paintings remain untraced.

WRITINGS''An Essay towards an English-school, with the Lives, and Characters of above 100 Painters'', The Art of Painting and the Lives of the Painters (London, 1706, 2/1744, 3/1754/R 1969) [Eng. trans. by J. Savage of R. de Piles: Abrégé de la vie des peintres (Paris, 1699)] J. Nichols, ed.: A Select Collection of Poems, 8 vols (London, 1780-84)

BIBLIOGRAPHY[G. Jacob]: An Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our Most Considerable English Poets (London, 1720), pp. 21-2
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