This is one of several portraits of Caroline, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, painted in the studio of artist Charles Jervas as one half of a pair of portraits of the King and Queen. It is not certain which pair are the first to have been painted by Jervas, but it has been suggested that they might be those sold through Sotheby’s from the collection of the Earl of Amherst in January 1964. Other examples are at the Guildhall Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and a lone portrait of the Queen is at Rokeby Park, County Durham.
Portrait painter Enoch Seeman (sometimes spelt Zeeman) was born at Danzig, Germany; the son of a Flemish painter. In 1704 he travelled with his father to London, where he lived in St Martin's Lane and practised as a portraitist. From 1717 Seeman received royal patronage. He painted a full-length portrait of George I (Middle Temple, London) and also depicted George II and other members of the royal family. An attributed work of c.1711-20 is the dual portrait of the first Duke of Marlborough and military engineer John Armstrong (Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire). Seeman died suddenly in March 1744. His son Paul Seeman painted portraits and still life and his three brothers, including Isaac Seeman (died in London, in 1751), were all painters.
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