Portrait of a Lady c.1715: Circle of Michael Dahl
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Oil on canvas in giltwood frame and slip.
The lady is possibly a member of the wealthy and landed Powys-Keck family.
VERSO: old storage label for Jordan and Cook Ltd of the Worthing Pantechnicon. Item numbered 14, owner Mrs. Powys-Keck. 13-7-65.
This Mrs. Powys-Keck is almost certainly Joyce Hills, the daughter of Albert Hills. She married Thomas Leycester Powys-Keck of Stoughton Grange, Leicestershire on 5 November 1949. He died aged 39 in 1959. Mrs. Powys-Keck was living in Littlehampton, Sussex at the beginning of the 21st century.
MICHAEL DAHL (1659 - 1743).
Dahl was a painter of exceptional talent and regarded as the only really serious rival to Sir Godfrey Kneller, for royal patronage, during the years 1690-1714. Dahl's patterns were undoubtedly indebted to the fashion set by Kneller, but Dahl had a lighter palette, his brushwork applied in shorter and more careful strokes.
His self portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and he is famed for having painted a series of wonderful female portraits for the Duke of Somerset, now at Petworth House, and known as the Petworth Beauties.
Dahl's portraits of members of the royal family hang at Kensington Palace and Windsor and other examples of his work can be found at the Tate and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
SIZE: 34 x 29 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Sussex.
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