Photo credit: Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Does the collection have any more information on the identity of this sitter and the artist?
The Collection has commented: 'We have very little information on this painting, but do have the following old note in our paper file on a possible sitter: 'written at the back of frame "Sir R. Dyott". Miss Margaret Dyott, of Freeford Manor, has seen this picture, and said that it is not likely to be of Sir Richard Dyott (1590–1659) but of one of her ancestors.'
The dress and hair style are early eighteenth century. A more convincing candidate than Sir Richard Dyott (1590-1660) would therefore be Richard Dyott (1667-1719), who serve as MP for Lichfield three times between 1690 and 1715. You'll find an entry on him in The History of Parliament's 1690-1715 volumes, available online.
Dress and hair style look more 1670s to me.
I agree with Jacob, except it might be even earlier, although still 17th century.
There is probably nothing legible on the paper in the sitter's hand, but can we see a close-up of it?
Also, is the dress particular to any profession or type of person?
The first attachment when the conversation was started is a close-up of that area.
There’s an image of Sir Richard Dyott (1590 - 1660) on
If the Staffordshire picture is correct then our picture is not the Richard Dyott who died in 1660.
He had six sons so potentially a number of contenders.
I note the print found by Gregory lists the engraver but not the painter, probably because the latter is unknown. But yes, one of those six sons could be our man--such as his second son, also named Richard, who represented Lichfield in Parliament between 1667 and 1677
Sir Richard, by the way, married in early 1615, so his sons would have been born no earlier than than that year.
The vital dates for that second son are 1619-1677.
One of the artists whose name I reach for in cases like this - Lely-like but not Lely, and not really good enough to be by the usual other suspects like Greenhill - is Joseph Bokshoorn. Not much of an oeuvre to go on, alas.