18th-Century German School

Pair Of Companion Portraits

18th-Century German School

Pair Of Companion Portraits

This fine pair of late 18th-century German School portraits depict a charming husband and wife.

With right hand held under his jacket, a sign of assured leadership, he’s a man of distinction. His brown suit lacks frivolity but conveys sophistication. It’s interesting to compare his style with that of Brooke Boothby (c.1744-1824) in a portrait by Wright of Derby. Our gentleman buttons up covering the majority of his cravat.

While her outfit is a little trickier to decipher but she could be wearing a caraco, which is a small close-fitting jacket. These were generally worn with a skirt in a contrasting colour.

It’s interesting to note her headwear as it reflects the changing times of the 1780s when hairstyles were becoming a little quieter. Simple coiffures, often worn with a hat, replaced the fantastical headdresses of the 1770s.

There’s a sense of refinement to these portraits - they capture a significant couple with a distinguished reputation.

Held in early 20th-century brass repoussé-clad frames.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 28½” x 33½” / 72cm x 85cm
Year of creation: c. 1780
Condition: Artwork presents well. Canvas relined. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frames with some wear including losses.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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