Manner of Sir Godfrey Kneller (British, 1646-1723) portrait of a young man dressed in a suit of armor, with white ruffled shirt and long curly auburn hair. Unsigned. Housed in an antique molded giltwood frame. Sight – 30" H x 24 1/2" W. Framed – 26 1/2" H x 31 1/2" W. Late 17th/early 18th century. Provenance: private Chattanooga, TN collection; purchased in the 1960s in the UK by the wife of a former Alabama governor and descended in her family. CONDITION: Relined; considerable staining to back of canvas. Craquelure throughout. UV light reveals area of repair to possible hole or tear lower left corner; 1" line of inpaint at ruffled shirt; possible 1" repaired tear to subject's left breast area; 2" repaired tear to background, upper right quadrant; several small scattered spots of inpainting including a few to forehead/hair area, largest 1/4". Frame has wear and abrasions throughout.
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