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Fine 18th Century English Aristocratic Portrait of a Lady Oval Canvas Gilt Frame
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: English School, circa 1740's Title: Portrait of a Lady, traditionally identified as 'Anne of Chesterfield'. Medium: oil painting on canvas, framed Size: painting: ...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Self Portrait - 18th Century Dutch Oil on Canvas Old Master Painting
By (After) Anthony Van Dyck
Located in Sevenoaks, GB
Fine 18th century oil on canvas self portrait after Sir Anthony van Dyck. Excellent quality and very good condition Old Master portrait of the artist wearing his gold chain over a wh...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Lawyer Nonotte Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century France Art
By Donatien Nonotte (Besançon 1708 - Lyon 1785)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
18th century French portrait painter - Attributed to Donatien Nonotte (Besançon 1708 - Lyon 1785) Portrait of a lawyer Oil on canvas 100 x 82 cm., In the frame cm. 131 x 111 cm. Th...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil

Portrait Horseback Horse Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17/18th Century Flemish
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Flemish school of the late 17/18th century Equestrian portrait of Prince Eugene of Savoy (Paris 1663 - Vienna 1736) with a battle scene in the background Oil painting on canvas 35 x...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Saint in Prayer, 18th century Italian Old Master Oil Painting on Canvas
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The Praying Saint Italian School, 18th century oil painting on canvas, framed framed: 24 x 20 inches antique gilt frame provenance: private collection, Paris Condition report: the...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century British old master portrait of a noble lady - Royal - love
By Thomas Hudson
Located in Antwerp, BE
Magnificent British 18th century old master portrait of a young lady holding a dove This three-quarter length portrait depicts a blonde beauty, seated in a mysterious landscape, hol...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century French Old Master Portrait of a woman - Female Oriental Queen
Located in Antwerp, BE
French 18th century old master portrait of a majestic and elegant lady. The aristocratic lady gazes at the viewer with a kind and enigmatic smile and twinkling eyes. In comparison w...
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1740s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

18th Century portrait oil painting of a lady
By Joseph Highmore
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Circle of Joseph Highmore British, (1692-1780) Portrait of a Lady in a Grey Silk Dress Oil on canvas Image size: 29 inches x 24 inches Size including frame: 37 inches x 32 inches ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century portrait oil painting of a boy
By Robert Byng
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Circle of Robert Byng British, (1666-1720) Portrait of a Boy Oil on canvas Image size: 28.5 inches x 23.5 inches Size including frame: 34.5 inches x 29.5 inches A fine half-length ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century portrait of Master George O'Connor of Castlenock
By Sir Martin Archer Shee
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of Master George O'Connor of Castleknock, (1778-1842) wearing a white shirt trimmed with lace cuffs and collar, a red jacket with gold buttons, buff breeches, and black shoe...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century portrait oil painting of a man in armour
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller Dutch, (1646-1723) Portrait of a Man in Armour Oil on canvas Image size: 37.25 inches x 27.25 inches Size including frame: 44.25 inches x 34.25 inches P...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century portrait oil painting of a girl with an orange
By Robert Byng
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Circle of Robert Byng British, (1666-1720) Girl with Orange Oil on canvas Image size: 29 inches x 24 inches Size including frame: 36 inches x 31 inches A half-length portrait of a ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century Double Portrait, Follower of Sir Joshua Reynolds Oil on Canvas
Located in London, GB
Follower of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792) A double portrait of a married couple Sir Thomas Tancred (d.1784) and his wife Penelope (d.1837) daughter of Thomas Ashton (or Assheto...
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1770s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century oil portrait of Margaret Peg Woffington by Jeremiah Davison
Located in London, GB
Margaret 'Peg' Woffington, was born in Dublin around 1714. Her charm and beauty as a child attracted much attention quickly resulting in her first stage role at the precocious age of...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Gentleman, Fine 18th Century Kent Frame, Antique oil Painting
Located in London, GB
This portrait formed part of a collection of pictures of the Finch family, the Earls of Aylesford, at their impressive ancestral home, Packington Hall, Warwickshire. The Packington ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Old Master portrait of a lady musician by the master or portraiture
Located in Petworth, West Sussex
Attributed to Pierre Paul Prud’hon (French, 1758-1823) 'La belle musicienne' Oil on canvas, oval Signed ‘P. P. Prudon’ (lower left) 28.3/4 x 23.1/2 in. (73 x 59.5 cm.) Pierre Paul P...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century by Evangelista Schiano Saint Gennaro Oil on Canvas
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Evangelista Schiano (attr.) (active in the 18th century) Saint Gennaro Oil on canvas, cm. 102 x 74 - with frame 126,5 x 100 cm. 19th century carved, sculpted and gilded wooden frame ...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Cotton Canvas, Oil

Fine 18th Century British Portrait of an Aristocratic Lady, Large oil painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Circle of Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) British. 18th Century Bust Portrait of a Lady, Oil on Canvas, Inscribed on a label verso, canvas: 30" x 25" (76.2 x 63.5cm). frame: 30 x 25 in...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century portrait oil painting of a lady in an ermine trimmed cloak
By Sir Godfrey Kneller
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller Dutch, (1646-1723) Portrait of a Lady in an Ermine Trimmed Cloak Oil on canvas Image size: 26.5 inches x 22.5 inches Size including frame: 33.5 inches x...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century by Pietro Bardellino Mary Magdalene Painting Oil on Canvas
By Pietro Bardellino
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Pietro Bardellino (Naples, 1731 – Naples, 1806) Mary Magdalene Oil on canvas, cm. 75 x 60 – with frame cm. 97 x 82 Antique shaped and carved wooden frame Publications: unpublished T...
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Mid-18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Fine 18th Century French Oil Painting, Oval Portrait of Young Lady in Prayer
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Contemplation attributed to Martin Drolling (French 1752-1817) oil painting on canvas, framed framed size: 22 x 18.5 inches condition: overall very good and pleasing, old reline and ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

English 18th Century Portrait Painting of Giles Moore
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of Giles Moore by Christopher Steele (1733-1767), three-quarter length, standing beside a table in an interior, wearing a grey silk jacket with blue and silver brocade waist...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

English 18th century portrait of a young boy with a spaniel
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of a young boy, full-length, standing in a landscape, wearing a red coat with silver buttons, a silver waistcoat and breeches, white silk stockings and black buckled shoes w...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

English early 18th century portrait of a Lady
By Sir Godfrey Kneller
Located in Bath, Somerset
A striking and extremely rare signed portrait of a Lady by Sir Godfrey Kneller. The lady, three-quarter length, is seated in a landscape, wearing a green silk gown with red cloak, ge...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Fine 18th Century British Oil Painting Portrait of Two Children with Spaniel Dog
By circle of Thomas Gainsborough
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Portrait of Two Children with a Spaniel English School, 18th century circle of Thomas Gainsborough (British 1727-1788) oil painting on canvas, antique gilt frame canvas: 24.5 x 29.25...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

18th century French Portrait painting of a young girl - Wildenstein collection
By Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Located in Antwerp, BE
18th century French portrait painting of a young girl sitting on a chair, the young girl is looking cheekily at the viewer, she is wearing a blue silk jacket with large buttons and a...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Huge French 18th century Portrait of a lady - Rococo Fur pearls
By Donatien Nonotte (Besançon 1708 - Lyon 1785)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Huge and very fine French 18th century Rococo portrait of a lady The lady is kindly gazing at the viewer with her blue eyes and her lips curved in a soft smile. It is as if she wou...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century portrait of William Craven, 6th Baron Craven
By Thomas Beach
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of William Craven, 6th Baron Craven of Hampstead Marshall, Berkshire (1738-1791), three-quarter length, standing in an interior, wearing a blue silk embroidered waistcoat un...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century oil painting English portrait of a gent in armor, wearing a wig
By studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller
Located in Woodbury, CT
Outstanding early 18th century English portrait of James Bellevue. The portrait was always believed to be the work of Sir Godfrey Kneller who was known to have painted James Bellevu...
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Early 1700s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century portrait of the painter Nathaniel Dance
Located in London, GB
Collections: Robert Gallon (1845-1925); Private Collection, UK. Oil on canvas laid down on panel Framed dimensions: 11.5 x 10 inches This highly engaging, previously unpublished ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil, Wood Panel

18th Century by Antonio Mercurio Amorosi Portrait Little Girl with Cat
By Antonio Mercurio Amorosi
Located in Milano, Lombardia
Antonio Mercurio Amorosi (Comunanza 1660 - 1738) Portrait of a little girl with cat Oil on canvas, cm. 42 x 31.5 – with frame cm. 56 x 44 Shaped, carved and gilded wooden cassetta fr...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century French Rococo Portrait painting of a noble lady - young lady
Located in Antwerp, BE
18th century French Rococo portrait of a young noble lady This cheerful young lady is looking at the spectator with a sparkling eyes has a cheeky smile on her face, almost as if she...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century English Portrait Painting of Anne, Duchess of Cumberland
By Sir Martin Archer Shee
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of Anne, Duchess of Cumberland and Strathearn (1743-1808), three-quarter length, seated on a classical terrace in a white gown and headdress with yellow doeskin gloves. Oil...
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Late 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century English portrait of a lady beside an urn, with a basket of flowers
By Tilly Kettle
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of a lady wearing a white gown with a red cloak, pearls in her hair and draped over one shoullder, standing beside a classical urn with a basket of flowers, c.1765. The port...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of Marie Camille (nee de Beer), Countess de Lalaing, 18th Century
Located in Blackwater, GB
Portrait of Marie Camille (nee de Beer), Countess de Lalaing and her dog, 18th Century - married to Charles II Joseph, count de Lalaing, 11th Viscount of Audenaerde and Count of Thi...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th century portrait of the artist’s daughter, Catharina, playing the cello
By Balthasar Denner
Located in Bath, Somerset
The sitter, seated in a yellow silk gown trimmed with a pink bow playing the cello, is believed to be the artist Balthazar Denner's eldest daughter Catharina (1715-1744), after his m...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil on Canvas Painting Portrait of the Italian Noble Family of Zanardi Count
By Lucia Casalini Torelli
Located in Firenze, IT
This museum quality old master oil on canvas formal portrait painting depicting the family of the Count Zanardi is signed by the artist- the female painter Lucia Casalini Torelli- an...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

English 18th century portrait of Henrietta Pelham-Holles, Duchess of Newcastle.
By Charles Jervas
Located in Bath, Somerset
Portrait of Henrietta Pelham-Holles (née Godolphin) (1701-1776), Duchess of Newcastle, standing in a wooded landscape with a river beyond, three-quarter length wearing an ivory silk ...
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1720s Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Boy in an Arcadian Landscape c.1710 Antique Oil on Canvas Painting
Located in London, GB
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...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

King Portrait Clementi Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Italian
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Maria Giovanna Battista Clementi known as La Clementina (Turin, 1692 - Turin, 1761), Attributable to Portrait of Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (Turin 1666 - Moncalieri 1732) king of Sar...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait Gentleman Nattier Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century French
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
French school of the eighteenth century Atelier of Jean-Marc Nattier (Paris 1685 - Paris 1776) Portrait of a gentleman in armor Louis XV period - early 18th century Oil painting on...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Ceruti Portrait Old Man Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Italian Art
By Giacomo Ceruti known as Pitocchetto (Milan 1698 - 1767), attributable
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Venetian school of the early eighteenth century Giacomo Ceruti known as Pitocchetto (Milan 1698 - 1767), attributable Portrait of old man smiling mockingly oil on canvas, cm. 47 x ...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait King Clementi Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Italian Art
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Maria Giovanna Battista Clementi, known as Clementina (Turin, 1690 - 1761), Portraitist at the Savoy court Portrait of Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy (Turin 1666 - Moncalieri 1732) king...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait Sibyl Lady Zanotti Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Italian
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Portrait of an Eritrean Sibyl who writes the prophecy Circle of Lorenzo Pasinelli (Bologna 1629 - 1700) - Attributable to Giampietro Cavazzoni Zanotti (Paris, 1674 - Bologna, 1765) ...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Fine 1730's English Portrait of a Country Squire Gentleman Large Oil Painting
Located in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Artist/ School: English School, circa 1730's. Title: The Country Squire, painted within a feigned oval, presented within antique gilt frame. Medium: oil painting on canvas, framed ...
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Early 18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Gentleman, French, Antique Oil Painting, Quality Period Frame
Located in London, GB
Titan Fine Art are pleased to present this striking portrait which testifies to the elegance and self-confidence of the Louis XV period. Beautifully rendered, it depicts a charismat...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Portrait Noble Woman Parodi Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Italian
By Domenico Parodi (Genoa, 1672 - 1742)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Domenico Parodi (Genoa, 1672 - 1742), attr. Portrait of a noblewoman with a little dog Oil on oval canvas cm. 100 x 75 coeval frame in gilded wood cm. 120 x 95 The painting in que...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Rigaud Portrait Cavalier Paint Old master Oil on canvas 18th Century France Art
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Hyacinthe RIGAUD (Perpignan 1659 - Paris 1743), atelier of Portrait of a gentleman in armor: Jacques Charles de Vérot, Chevalier de Vérot (1691-1763), member of the royal order of th...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait of a Gentleman Holding Gloves c.1723, Antique Oil Painting MICHAEL DAHL
By Michael Dahl
Located in London, GB
This striking large-scale portrait by Michael Dahl, one of the foremost painters in England at the time is noteworthy both in its quality and its remarkable state of preservation. H...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Lady in a Green Dress c.1710 Antique Oil Painting; Michael Dahl
By (Circle of) Michael Dahl
Located in London, GB
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 depict...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of Boy Painting - Thomas or John Wagstaff - Scottish 18thC oil painting
Located in London, GB
This superb late 18th century portrait oil painting is attributed to noted Scottish artist Alexander Nasmyth. Painted circa 1780 the sitter is of the Wagstaff family, either Thomas o...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Noble Lady Woma Drouais Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Art
By François-Hubert Drouais (Paris 1727 - Paris 1775)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
François-Hubert Drouais (Paris 1727 - Paris 1775) Portrait of a noble French lady Louis XV period - around 1750/60 Oil on canvas, x cm. with frame, 120 x 98 cm. Drouais was born in...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

"Madonna and Child with Saint Francis," Oil on Canvas after Simone Cantarini
Located in Milwaukee, WI
Madonna and Child with Saint Francis is an oil painting on canvas produced after the Italian artist Simone Cantarini, who lived between 1612 and 1648. This beautiful painting depicts...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Woman Lady Delle Piane Paint Oil on canvas Old master 18th Century Art
By Giovanni Maria delle Piane dit Mulinaretto (Genoa 1670 - Monticelli d´Ongina 1745)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
The beautiful portrait proposed, which represents a Genoese woman of high social origin and dressed in a sumptuous and elegant manner, illustrates the typical stylistic characteristi...
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18th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait of a Gentleman in Armour
Located in London, GB
The gentleman in this portrait is shown with the grandiloquence characteristic of portraiture that, in addition to capturing a likeness, emphasised or embellished one’s importance. ...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

18th Century, Antique Oil Painting, Old Master. Portrait of Mother with child.
Located in Berlin, DE
18th century, antique painting, oil on canvas, old master. Mother with child. Relined canvas. Stretcher frame also renewed. Artist unknown.
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18th Century Old Masters Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Baron Kneller Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17/18th Century King Art
By Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646 - London 1723)
Located in Riva del Garda, IT
Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646 - London 1723), Entourage of Family Portrait with Baron Richard Ockold and his daughter Priscilla Oil painting on canvas 126 x 98 cm., In the original b...
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Late 17th Century Old Masters Paintings

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Oil

Portrait of Louis XV, King of France
Located in Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Circle of Jean-Baptiste van Loo French, (1684-1745) Portrait of Louis XV, King of France Oil on canvas Image size: 29.25 inches x 24 inches Size including frame: 35.75 inches x 30.7...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

PORTRAIT of a Lady in a Silver Silk Dress c.1725, Outstanding Gilded Frame
By (Circle of) Godfrey Kneller
Located in London, GB
This charming picture was painted around 1725 and is of a type favoured by the extraordinarily successful artist, Sir Godfrey Kneller. The sitter has been portrayed in a luxurious s...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait of a Boy and his Dog, Fine Antique Frame
Located in London, GB
In this portrait the artist has portrayed the boy as a fashionable young gentleman sitting in the grounds of his estate. Only the playful attention of a small dog suggests anything l...
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18th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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