- John Souch 1594–1644 or 5
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 762 x 635 mm
frame: 978 x 849 x 94 mm
- Purchased 1954
Souch was a provincial artist who was apprenticed to the heraldic painter Randle Holme of Chester in 1607. His career can be charted from a small group of signed portraits of people from the region around Chester.
The sitter was a member of the Puleston or Pilsdon family of Emral on the Welsh border. Above his slashed doublet he wears a black gorget, or piece of throat armour, which indicates that he is an officer. Over this lies a lace collar called a 'falling band' and Puleston grasps its tie-strings in his left hand.
Gallery label, August 2004
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