Oil painting on canvas, A Philosopher, manner of Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673). In ornate gilded plaster frame. A philosopher seated, left hand pressed against his forehead, holding a book. Other books open open on ground beside him. Below picture on frame in black; SALVATOR ROSA. Damage to gilding on frame, upper left side. The original painting is now in te Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.
On back, on vertical stretcher in chalk, / Kaynes /. On horizontal stretcher in chalk, Lady Wraxall No. 24 /. White printed label placed centrally at base, / Lady Wraxall / in pencil at top. Printing / FROST & REED LTD / BRISTOL LONDON / CLARE STREET 41 NEW BOND ST W.1 / ARTISTIC FRAME MAKERS ESTABLISHED 1808 / FINE ART PUBLISHERS PICTURE RESTORATION. / In pencil, / NO. 7301 Date. 28.6.51 /.
Purchased at Lord Northwick's posthumous sale, 1859, no. 997 (£78); purchased by the National Trust from the estate of the late George Richard Lawley Gibbs, 2nd Lord Wraxall (1928 – 2001) with the assistance of the NHMF and donations from members and supporters in 2002
Makers and roles
manner of Salvator Rosa (Arenella, Naples 1615 – Rome 1673), artist