Self-portrait, aged 64 with a Still Life of Vases, Books and a Medal
Goddard Dunning (c.1614 – c.1678)
The artist inscribed this picture with his name and age on the back of the canvas. He was something of an amateur, and only one other signed work by him is known (a copy after Bower’s ‘Charles I at his trial’). The artist has shown some of his prize possessions, including books, pearl earrings, a silver coloured cup, a covered jar, and a medal, inscribed ‘CAROLUS MAGNUS REX BRITTANIAE’.
Oil painting on canvas, Self-portrait, aged 64 with a Still Life of Vases, Books and a Medal, by Goddard Dunning (c.1614 – c.1678), inscribed 'Aetatis 64 1678'. Gentleman with long grey hair, moustache and goatee beard, wearing black clothes with white collar, seated at lhs of table with red cover, holding a book Objects on table - a medal of Caesar (a medal inscribed CAROLUS MAGNUS REX BRITTANIAE, 5 coins, an open book and 4 others, a silver jar with jewels, fob watch and key with blue ribbon, two-handled pot with silver mount, columnar candlestick, fruit, two-handled cup of half ostrich egg with mount, and two drop pearls. The most ambitious of the pioneering English still-lifes painted by this amateur artist in the manner of Pieter van Roestraeten (c.1730-1700), who had settled in England in the 1670's.
Justice Room, 1793 (inventory) ('613 Suffield' on stretcher, the family lived at Gunton, near Blickling and the second Lord Suffield married Lady Caroline Hobart (1767 -1850) in 1792); [...]; bequeathed with the hall and contents by Philip,11th Marquess of Lothian (1882-1940)
Blickling Hall, The Lothian Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
oetatis 64 1678 (signed on the canvas back along the top)
Makers and roles
Goddard Dunning (c.1614 – c.1678), artist