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Portrait of an Unknown Man

1750 - 1800

Oil portrait of an unknown man in a silver gilt frame. It is one of a number of portraits from Marple Hall, Stockport .

Marple Hall was home to the Bradshaw and/or Isherwood family. An important local family, they held connections to Judge John Bradshaw, one of the signatories on the death warrant of Charles I.

The frame is especially important as it is finished with silver gilt. Its style is a provincial copy of the type of frame used by the Royal court portrait painter Sir Peter Lely.

This style was often copied, as a statement of wealth and status, amongst the fashionable families of the 18th century. Many of Lely’s originals started off as silver gilt and were only finished in gold leaf at a later stage, subsequently not many with the original silver gilt remain today.