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  • Design Credit: Elizabeth Roberts Architec̦ture & Design, Photo Credit: Dustin Aksland. Dimensions: H 58.27 in. x W 48.82 in.
  • Design Credit: Timothy Godbold, Photo Credit: Karl Simone. Dimensions: H 58.27 in. x W 48.82 in.
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Attributed to Charles D'Agar
Portrait of a Gentleman in an Arcadian Landscape c.1710 Oil on Canvas Painting

circa 1710

$14,205.41

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Depicted with bow in hand and situated against an Arcadian backdrop this young gentleman represents a fine example of portraiture at the turn of the 18th century. Titan Fine Art are pleased to present this striking grand-scale painting. The convention was to depict children as miniature adults – and this young gent is a warrior, at least in his family’s eyes. Roman attire was often used in portraits at the time to provide a sense of timelessness as rapid changes in fashion made contemporary dress unsuitable as it quickly made portraits look outdated. The landscape setting and the bow and arrows imbue the portrait with a sense of Arcadian simplicity. This draws from the tradition of pastoral literature and by the early 17th century was already popular in art; all educated individuals were familiar with Latin and Greek pastoral poetry. The pastoral tradition in literature and plays had been embraced by an aristocratic class since classical times. Life in the country was perceived as peaceful, contemplative and free of worry of hardships, a time to pursue pleasure. To be painted in such a manner created a tangible expression of power and wealth. Several other similar works to our portrait exist, by Sir Godfrey Kneller and Charles D’Agar and their circle. Many of D’Agar’s works have often been mistakenly attributed to Kneller but D’Agar is more directly comparable in style to Michael Dahl, whose treatment of children is similar not only in overall character but in distinctive features such as the hairstyle and the flowing draperies. See a portrait of a boy and greyhound, probably Sharington Davenport, and also Lord George Douglas – both by Charles D’Agar. The portrait genre was valued particularly highly in English society. Neither landscapes nor allegorical pictures were ever priced so highly at exhibitions and in the trade as depictions of people, from the highest aristocracy to scholars, writers, poets and statesmen. Held in a good quality antique frame. Charles D’Agar was a prolific artist and his graceful portraits are mannered and competent and were in high demand. Many aristocratic individuals sat for him. Born in Paris, the son of painter Jacques (Jacob) D'Agar and his wife Marie Picard, the protestant family immigrated to London sometime between 1678 and 1681 by which time Jacques was officially expelled from the French Academy on religious grounds. Father and son both worked in London painting well-known individuals such as Charles II’s French mistress, Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, before moving to Copenhagen c.1685 where his father became chief court painter first to Christian V (reigned 1670-99) and then to Frederick IV (reigned 1699-1730). By 1691 Charles returned to London where he settled permanently and established a fashionable practice working for a wide but especially aristocratic patronage. After the painter’s death in Leicester Fields, London in May 1723, George Vertue attended the sale of his collection of prints and drawings and reported that D’Agar had been a good courteous man. He left a widow Susannah and a son who was also a painter, possibly named David. In 1707 he charged £7 for a 30 x 25 inch and £12 for a 50 x 40 inch. Provenance: Private UK collection
  • Creator:
    Attributed to Charles D'Agar (1669 - 1723, French)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1710
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 58.27 in (148 cm)Width: 48.82 in (124 cm)Depth: 3.15 in (8 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Very good quality and condition. This painting has passed a strict quality and condition check by a professional conservator prior to going on sale. It can be hung and enjoyed immediately.
  • Gallery Location:
    London, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU119919323062

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