Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen (1593-1661)

Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen (1593-1661)

Portrait of a Noblewoman 

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Marriage Portrait (one of a pair), Oil on Canvas, Signed with monogram and dated 1645. Both housed in carved wood, gold leaf frames. 

A pair of 17th Century Portraits of a Gentleman and his Wife (betrothal or marriage portraits - both wear the same rings, gold and emerald) 

Cornelius Johnson, also called Cornelis Johnson van Ceulen, van Keulen, Johnson also spelled Jonson, Janssen or Jansen was a Baroque painter, and is considered the most important native English portraitist of the early 17th Century. The work of van Ceulen is represented in the collections of the Art Gallery Johannesburg, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Boughton House, Northamptonshire, Cenraal Museum, Utrecht, Chatsworth House, UK, Chrysler Museum of Art, USA, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis, Tate Gallery, London, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany, Rijksmueum, Amsterdam, National Gallery, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC, and so on.......

Born to Flemish or Dutch parents, in London he was active in England at least from 1618-1643. He painted many portraits of emerging new gentry with his patrons coming from high society. Having received only a few commissions from the crown he was appointed as 'his Majesty's servant in the quality of Picture Drawer' by Charles I. With the recent appointment of Van Dyck as Court painter, van Ceulen's role may well have been as a back up for van Dyck. His royal portraits include Charles I, Charles II, James II, painted as children, both now in National Portrait Gallery, London. He collaborated on a portrait with Gerard Houckgeest of Charles I's wife Henrietta Maria.