Picture of the Day…

john-lowin

Today’s picture comes from the collection at the Ashmolean in Oxford. Our sitter is John Lowin, who was a celebrated actor and associate of William Shakespeare, and managed the King’s Players from 1623-1642.  It is inscribed 1640, but no artist is attributed.

There is a little more information here: John Lowin

Incidentally, if you’re ever in Oxford, I would really recommend a visit to the Ashmolean. It’s a wonderful mix of art and archaeology, and they put on many excellent exhibitions that easily challenge the insane crowds and stress at the London galleries. As an added bonus, their cafe also serves an excellent cheese and onion quiche!

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Picture of the Day

Edward Montague, 2nd Earl of Manchester (1602-1671)
Painted c. 1640, British School

 Edward Montagu
©The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Edward Montague succeeded his father as Earl of Manchester in 1642 and commanded the Puritan forces at the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644. He is shown in his late thirties or early forties, wearing a breastplate, and therefore presumably before his resignation in 1645.

For forther information:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/edward-montagu-2nd-earl-of-manchester

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