Category: portrait

Portrait of artist’s wife, Edward Okun 

Portrait of artist’s wife, Edward Okun 

The Blue Veil by Edmund Tarbell – 1899

The Blue Veil by Edmund Tarbell – 1899

15th century miniature of Joan of Arc, painted…

15th century miniature of Joan of Arc, painted by an unknown artist after her death in 1431

Thérèse Schwartze – Portrait of Geradine Margu…

Thérèse Schwartze – Portrait of Geradine Marguerite van Hardenbroek, 1903

Santi di Tito c. second half of 16th century …

Santi di Tito c. second half of 16th century

Niccolo Machiavelli

Ozias HumphreyPortrait of Baron Nagell’s Runni…

Ozias Humphrey

Portrait of Baron Nagell’s Running Footman (name unknown or lost)

Netherlands (c. 1788-95)

Pastel on paper; 725 x 610 mm

This three-quarter length portrait in pastel shows the running footman
of Baron Anne Willem Carel van Nagell van Ampsen (1756–1851), Dutch
Ambassador to London from 1788 to 1795. A running footman could be
expected to serve as a messenger and to accompany his employer’s coach.
His role was, then, emphatically public, announcing the presence of his
employer to the world. Baron Nagell was known for his especially
flamboyantly dressed servants and the livery worn by this figure
reflects the red, white and blue of the Dutch flag. A
contemporary reference to his first court appearance in London in March
1788 noted that ‘he makes a splendid appearance with his footmen in
scarlet and silver and a gay page or Running footman was vastly well
Received’.

This portrait is unusual in that it focuses so intently on the features
of an unaccompanied, individual servant, rendered life-scale. It sits
within a tradition of strongly characterised portraits of especially
favoured or long-serving servants, generally commissioned by their
employers.

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Raphael and Giulio Romano c. 1518Dona Isabel d…

Raphael and Giulio Romano c. 1518

Dona Isabel de Requesens

Portrait einer jungen Dame, by Charles Hermans…

Portrait einer jungen Dame, by Charles Hermans (1839-1924)

Portrait of Maria von Bach by Ferdinand Hodler…

Portrait of Maria von Bach by Ferdinand Hodler – 1904

Thérèse Schwartze – Portrait of Lizzie Ansingh…

Thérèse Schwartze – Portrait of Lizzie Ansingh, 1902