Portrait of a Gentleman

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House
  • About the artist
    Andrea Soldi, Italian portrait and history painter, was born in Florence. He travelled in the Middle East before settling in London in c.1738, where he enjoyed a flourishing business as a portrait painter. His best portraits are of other foreign-born artists who had settled in England, including the sculptors Roubiliac (Dulwich Art Gallery) and Rysbrack (Yale). Soldi also painted a few distinguished family groups, or ‘conversation pieces’. Eight of his portraits are at Newburgh Priory, North Yorkshire, and his self portrait of 1743 is at York City Art Gallery. Soldi exhibited at the Society of Artists and at the Free Society of Artists. His life-style was too extravagant to support his career and he died in London, in poverty.
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Portrait of a Gentleman
    Date
    1748
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 50.50 cm, width: 39.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 8 March 1989
    Inscription
    bl: An. Soldi pinxit / Ao 1748
    Provenance
    Sold through Sotheby's, London, 'British Paintings 1500-1850' sale, on 5 March 1989 (Lot 33); from which sale purchased by the Government Art Collection
    GAC number
    16684