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CORNELIS JONSON 1593 - 1661 OIL ON COPPER MINIATURE PORTRAIT C1640

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CORNELIS JONSON 1593 - 1661 OIL ON COPPER MINIATURE PORTRAIT C1640

Artist - Attributed Cornilus Jonson 1593 - 1661

Medium - Oil on Copper

Size 3 x 3cm (image)

Size 9 x 9cm (Frame)

A very attractive early 17th century portrait miniature which has been attributed to Cornelis Jonson (see image of back) it was previously in a stately home collection but we have not been able to decipher the inscription on the reverse.

 Cornelius Jonson or Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen also Cornelius Jonson van Ceulen, Cornelis Jansz. van Ceulen and many other variants ( 1593 – 1661) was an English painter of portraits of Dutch or Flemish parentage. He was active in England, from at least 1618 to 1643, when he moved to Middelburg in the Netherlands to escape the English Civil War. Between 1646 and 1652 he lived in Amsterdam, before settling in Utrecht, where he died.

Johnson painted many portraits of emerging new English gentry. His early portraits were panel paintings with "fictive" oval frames. His works can be found in major collections in the UK and overseas as well as in private collections in stately homes in Britain.

He was an accomplished portrait painter but lacked the flair of a master such as Van Dyck. His style varied considerably over his career, and he was able to assimilate new influences into his own style without any discordant effect. He was particularly accurate and detailed in his depiction of clothing.