Portrait of a Gentleman Believed to be John Playford. Attributed to Gilbert Jackson Act. A well painted antique, 17th Century oil on canvas painting which depicts a portrait of a gentleman believed to be John Playford. The painting is attributed to the major artist, Gilbert Jackson Act.
A very early painting which is painted on a large scale and has very good attention to detail, for examples of this please see the lace collar and lace sleeves. Bears label to the verso, we cannot see the inscription to the stretcher so perhaps this label transferred what was written on the original stretcher. Was an English portrait painter active ca.Never associated with the court, Jackson primarily painted portraits of provincial gentry and members of the professions. His work period is bracketed by the signed 1621 portrait of Edward Somerset, 4th Earl of Worcester and the 1643 signed and dated portrait of Chief Justice Sir John Bankes (1643), at Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Little is known of Jackson's personal life. He likely trained in London under one of the masters of the Jacobean era, and after a career spanning twenty years, was made free of the Painter-Stainers' Company on 16 December 1640. His place in English portraiture is summed up in this assessment by Lane Fine Art. His Art is purely English, and little influenced by the arrival in England of such painters as Paul van Somer, Daniel Mytens or Anthony Van Dyck. His work looks back to the flat hieratic style of the late Elizabethan Court, and he devotes infinite care to the rendition of surfaces, colours and textures whilst seeming to be indifferent to the niceties of perspective. The result is a mixture of sophisticated painterly technique allied with a naiveté of drawing which is at once deeply old-fashioned in the new world of the Baroque, and infinitely charming and unselfconscious. John Playford (16231686/7) was a London bookseller, publisher, minor composer, and member of the Stationers' Company, who published books on music theory, instruction books for several instruments, and psalters with tunes for singing in churches. He is perhaps best known today for his publication of The English Dancing Master in 1651. Playford was born in Norwich, the younger son of John Playford. He served an apprenticeship with publisher John Benson from 1639/40 to 1647, after which he opened a shop in the porch of Temple Church. Playford was clerk to the church, and probably resided with his wife Hannah over the shop until 1659. He was, it appears (from the title-pages of his publications) temporarily in partnership with John Benson in 1652, and with Zachariah Watkins in 1664 and 1665. Under the Commonwealth (164960), and for some years of Charles II's reign, Playford almost monopolised the business of music publishing in England. His shop was the meeting-place of musical enthusiasts; Samuel Pepys was a frequent customer. Bookseller, publisher, and member of the Stationers' Company, Playford published books on music theory, instruction books for several instruments, and psalters with tunes for singing in churches.
He is perhaps best known today for his publication of The English Dancing Master in 1651, during the period of the Puritan-dominated Commonwealth (later editions were known as'The Dancing Master'). This work contains both the music and instructions for English country dances. This came about after Playford, working as a war correspondent, was captured by Cromwell's men and told that, if he valued his freedom (as a sympathiser with the King), he might consider a change of career.
Although many of the tunes in the book are attributed to him today, he probably did not write any of them. Most were popular melodies that had existed for years.This oil painting is in good condition considering the painting's age. Repaired tear to the top right hand corner of the painting and other minor repairs. Some paint dryness to the lower right corner of the painting by the sitter's arm. Framed: W: 66 cm (26") x H: 94 cm (37") approx. The item "Rare Large Antique 17th Century Portrait Oil On Canvas Painting JACKSON" is in sale since Thursday, March 30, 2017. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings\Antique (Pre-1900)".
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