The female of the species takes centre stage at Sheppard’s next week, with John Michael Wright’s Portrait of a Lady, a beauty in ringlets and red satin due to go under the hammer (€8,000-€12,000). Wright made his name with his Baroque depictions of ladies at court, as well as Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. His portrait of Charles is in the Royal Collection. Painting wasn’t his only skill. When the king decided to dispose of...
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