Charles Wautier

Mons 1609 - 1698 Brussels

A Portrait of a Gentleman in Armour

Medium:

Oil on Canvas

Category:

Portrait

Dimensions:

121(h) x 88(w) cms

Essay:

This portrait can be attributed to Charles Wautier on the basis of the Portrait of James II as Duke of York in the Royal Collection which it has been possible to firmly attribute to Wautier due to the number of engravings after the portrait, notably that by Pieter de Jode II. Another portrait, again in three quarter length and displaying a similar flamboyant red silk scarf tied to the arm was with Gebr Douwes in 2007. In both these examples of portraits Wautier uses similar poses, costume, hand and arm gestures. A portrait of Charles II in the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp (Inv 5028) uses a similar background in the fluted column on the left and opening out to a landscape beyond on the right.

It is possible that this is a portrait of Antonio Pimentel de Prado y lo Blanco, the Spanish ambassador to Sweden and Paris but also governor in Nieuwpoort from 1646 - 1651.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Belgium