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Attributed J S Copley Two Nobles Portrait Paintings 18 century pastel parchment

second half of the 18th century

$17,366.57

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On the cardboard applied on the frame there is an annotation, belonging to some of the old owners, reporting the names of the portrayed in Kurrent handwriting: "Urgroßvater Ludwig Fr(ei)h(e)r(r) von Keller" "Urgroßmutter Fr(ei)h(e)r(rin) von Keller geb(oren) von Niebecker". So we can deduce that the models were Ludwig Friedrich Heinrich Ferdinand Baron of Keller (1760-1835), a German politician who was the director of the district of Prussia, and his wife Auguste Johanne Henriette Baroness of Niebecker (1760-1832). Their high class provenience is highlighted by the not contained expressive liveliness, by the proud pose imitating movement and by the elegance of the clothes which fabric seems palpable (especially sincere is the evanescent depiction of the pleated veil of the gorget and the adorned with arabesques decoration of the sleeves and the vest). The two pieces can be attributed to John Singleton Copley, American artist specialized in portrait paintings. He started studying art under his stepfather Peter Pehlman, well-read and full of interests man who enjoyed miniatures and engravings who also taught dance and was the director of a writing and arithmetic school. He began a "portrait painter career "very young, when he was 14 years old, obtaining a interest success in home land and becoming a pioneer in the use of pastels. In the 1774 he moved to Europe, visiting France, Italy, Germany and England, where he was introduced by Sir Joshua Reynolds and where he remained until his death, still maintaining contacts with his American customers. His career was long and satisfying, even if the last years were quite troubled for the Napoleonic wars and for physical and mental illnesses. The similarities between our portraits and other works of Copley are quite clear, starting from the technique itself that is the one favoured by the artist. Affinities can also be found in the use of tones, especially the light blue that is alike the one in the dresses of the ladies of the family Gore and Royal or in the one of Mrs Turner. The three quarter pose of the lady reminds of the one of Mrs Daniel Denison Rogers Abigail Bromfield (also wearing a very similar wig) and of the Red Cross Knight. Considering the age of the people, we can presume that they belong to the maturity of the artist, so around the first years of the XIX century.

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  • Attributed to
    John Singleton Copley (attr.) (1738 - 1815)
  • Creation Year
    second half of the 18th century
  • Dimensions
    Height: 22.05 in. (56 cm)Width: 19.3 in. (49 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Florence, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU124027002452

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