Cornelius Johnson
Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman 1629

Artwork details

Cornelius Johnson 1593–1661
Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman
Date 1629
Medium Oil paint on oak
Dimensions Support: 435 x 318 mm
frame: 565 x 470 x 60 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1965
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1540

Display caption

This gentleman wears the crimson sash of the Order of the Bath but he has not been identified further. Like its paired portrait nearby, presumably of the sitter’s wife, this one bears Johnson’s monogram ‘C.J.’ and the date 1629. Three years later, Anthony van Dyck settled in Britain: his work was to influence Johnson’s style profoundly. These two earlier portraits, however, demonstrate Johnson’s characteristically intimate and pensive work, combined with the softened, rather brushy, technique of his mid-career.

February 2016

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