Continental School, 18th century, oil on canvas portrait of a gentleman wearing a robe with ornate trim, cross, and several medallions, including two portrait medals depicting the profile of William III and one with Memento Mori in a jeweled star. The subject is depicted seated in a red chair against a red draped backdrop and holds a rolled letter in his right hand, which is adorned with a ring. He also appears to be wearing an apron with the numbers "69". Housed in a contemporary gilt carved frame. Sight – 29" H x 24" W. Framed – 37 1/4" H x 32 1/2" W. Note: While the style of this painting does not appear to be English, the subject's attire suggests he was a supporter of the Dutch-born William III. A number of portrait medals depicting William III were produced following the Dutch-born English monarch's death in 1702, around the same time objects emblazoned with Memento Mori motifs were at their height of popularity. CONDITION: Relined, some areas of restoration and losses. Areas of face fluoresce indicating inpainting. Lower edge, right edge, and man's left arm fluoresce under blacklight, likely in the varnish layer. See blacklight photo. Minor scattered abrasions and losses to frame.
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