Thomas Sheppard

Thomas Sheppard

1733
Artist
Andrea Soldi, Italian, 1703-1771
painting
Oil paint on canvas
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust
2019.2

Andrea Soldi 
Italian, about 1703–1771
Thomas Sheppard, 1733
Oil paint on canvas
Signed and dated at lower left, Andrea Soldi / f: Ano 1733
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.2

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
image height: 53 1/2 in, 135.8900 cm; image width: 39 1/2 in, 100.3300 cm; frame height: 62 1/2 in, 158.75 cm; frame width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm; frame depth: 2 3/4 in, 6.985 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Before settling in England, Andrea Soldi made a name for himself painting portraits of British merchants working in Turkey. Often these merchants were Catholic supporters of the deposed King James II who fled following a failed rebellion in 1715. One such exile was Thomas Sheppard, whose lavishly embroidered coat and gold silk waistcoat clearly announce his professional success. 

Known Provenance
With Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell, London, about 1917; private collection, England; Hall & Knight, London; from which acquired by William M. B. and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2019. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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