John Souch
George Puleston (?) c.1625–30

Artwork details

John Souch 1594–1644 or 5
George Puleston (?)
Date c.1625–30
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 635 mm
frame: 978 x 849 x 94 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1954
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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