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An unknown Gentleman, attributed to Cornelius Johnson

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oil on copper, set in the original silver frame with pierced spiral cresting,
the reverse with collection label of Dr. G.C. Williamson

Johnson was an English painter of portraits of Dutch or Flemish parentage. He was active in England, from at least 1618 to 1643, when he moved to Middelburg in the Netherlands to escape the English Civil War. Between 1646 and 1652 he lived in Amsterdam, before settling in Utrecht, where he died.

Johnson painted many portraits of emerging new English gentry. His early portraits were panel paintings with 'fictive' oval frames. His works can be found in major collections in the UK and overseas as well as in private collections in stately homes in Britain.
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Year                 Circa 1630
Medium                 Oil on copper
Provenance                 Collection of Dr. Williamson
The Albion Collection, Bonhams, 2004
Literature                 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Secret Passion to Noble Fashion, number 7
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 6, 15 (#13)
Exhibition                 Bath Holburne Museum, 1999
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 2000-2003

Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Some signs of old restoration
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