North East England: Artists and Subjects, Portraits: British 16th and 17th C 4 Might this 'Portrait of a Gentleman' be by Mary Beale, or a follower?

NTV_NU_49
Topic: Artist

Might this portrait be by Mary Beale (1633–1699), or a follower?

See:
http://www.historicalportraits.com/Gallery.asp?Page=Item&ItemID=604&Desc=Duke-of-Newcastle-|-Mary-Beale

Mary Beale on Your Paintings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/mary-beale

The collection note: 'I am afraid that the University has no further information on this artwork. We would welcome any further comments!'

Tim Williams, Entry reviewed by Art UK

4 comments

Although this picture in its technique and approach, especially with the described oval, I must say I don't think (for me) it quite comes up to Mary Beale's standards. Her portraits are usually better than this. I know that's rather subjective, but there we go.

Jacinto Regalado,

The drapery and lace seem rather better painted than the face and hair, suggesting that more than one painter was involved.

Adam Wahby,

In style it does seem to fall within what would be expected from Mary Beale's output, but falls short and is probably by a follower. For an artist who had been an apprentice in Lely's studio and had a thriving practise afterwards it's, in my opinion, not up to Beale's standard.

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