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image of A Graduate of Merton College, Oxford Attributed to George Knapton
George Knapton (painter)
English, 1698 - 1778
A Graduate of Merton College, Oxford, c. 1754/1755
oil on canvas
overall: 127.7 x 102.1 cm (50 1/4 x 40 3/16 in.) framed: 150.2 x 124.5 x 10.2 cm (59 1/8 x 49 x 4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Richard Southgate
1951.7.1
Not on View
From the Tour: British Conversation Pieces and Portraits of the 1700s
Object 2 of 6

Conservation Notes

The medium-fine canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is light gray, thinly and smoothly applied. The painting is broadly executed in fairly thin, smooth, opaque layers with only slight impasto in the highlights; the brown shadows and thin green paint of the background have a glazelike quality. The light-colored area to the left of the right arm may represent a pentimento, but the x-radiographs do not reveal an underpainted design. The painting is in good condition with only a few minor losses, chiefly in the sky. The natural resin varnish, evenly applied when the picture was surface cleaned in 1951, has not discolored.

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