John Locke - 17th Century French Portrait Oil Painting


A fine 17th century portrait oil on canvas depicting one of the most influential political philosophers of the modern period, John Locke. The painting was in the collection of the famous English stately home for well over 100 years. In the 1901 catalogue of the collection, the art historian Jean Paul Richter lists the painting as being in the manner of Sir Godfrey Kneller, but I believe it is far more likely to be the work of eminent French painter Pierre Mignard (1612-1695).

As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

On the stretcher, the sitter is named as being the French philosopher Voltaire, but my opinion that is not Voltaire has been confirmed by Catriona Seth, Professor of Modern languages at Oxford University.

John Locke was one of the most important and influential philosophers of the Enlightenment, and known as ‘The Father of Liberalism’. Locke lived and worked in France for five years between 1674 and 1679.

Pierre Mignard was one of great Baroque painters of 17th century France, who, upon the death of his great rival Charles le Brun, became the official court artist of King Louis XIV.

Dimensions: (framed) 80cm x 67cm (31½” x 26½”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 62½cm x 49½cm (24½” x 19½”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: In the private collection of the Drury-Lowe family, Locko Park, Derbyshire. Listed as no.183, manner of Godfrey Kneller, in Jean Paul Richter\\\\’s 1901 catalogue of the estate\\\\’s picture collection.
Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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