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Antique Original Portrait Of An Armoured Man By John Closterman

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Antique original oil on canvas painting depicting 'John Hoby Esq. Sone to Sir John Hoby Baronet', late 17th/early 18th century by John Closterman (also known as Johan Baptist, Cloosteerman, Cloysterman Klosterman; 1660-1711).

A spectacular portrait depicting a proud chap in armour with an almost 1980s L.A. heavy metal (pardon the pun) look to him.

It is extremely well painted, without the inscription on the back it was first attributed to John Riley, with whom Closterman worked in his studio when he first came to England in 1681 but taking into account the inscription and on further inspection, it has now been attributed to Closterman by the renowned specialists Lowell Libson & Johnny Yarker Ltd. saying that ‘Closterman is, in many ways, a finer painter than Riley and certainly more commercially desirable.’ (Letter available on request).

In its original and highly decorative gilt frame.

The painting itself is in good order, the canvas has been lined at some point, by the looks of it probably at some point in the early-mid 20th Century, it is clean and bright so was probably cleaned up at this point too. There is some craquelure to the surface as you would expect. The frame is also in good order from age, it does have some wear but is largely intact.

Overall measurements: 93cm x 83cm.

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Seller Location

Bristol, Somerset

Item Dimensions

H: 93cm W: 83cm D: 5cm



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Bristol, Somerset

Item Location

United Kingdom

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