Attributed to Marcellus Laroon, c.1720
Attributed to Marcellus Laroon c1720 Item Reference: C10 A portrait of Edmund Kershaw ( 1701 - 1742) a chased plate worker in London holding his apprentice piece. He is wearing a grey jacket with gold frogging and buttons, a white chemise and a white lace cravat. He wears a long curled wig lightly dusted with powder, the curls falling to his shoulders. His apprentice piece is a gold snuff box of rectangular shape with cut corners and two colours of gold and the lid with chased plate work. This painting was probably painted to celebrate Kershaw reaching the end of his apprenticeship and to show the work he was capable of. Chase plate workers decorated gold and silver items and they worked with silversmiths or with the tradesmen who sold on finished pieces. Portraits of known craftsmen are quite rare, so to find an example with an identified craftsman holding an item he has made is a bonus. Oil on canvas in original wood gilt frame with a label verso with Kershaw's name and dates and an attribution to Godfrey Kneller. Condition: Good Dimensions: Image height: 74.00cm Image width: 61.00cm.