Spoilum (Chinese, active c. 1770-1805)
Portrait of a Member of the British East India Company. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 18 in., in a later carved and gilded wood frame. Condition: Relined, minor retouch, stable craquelure.
Literature: See The Decorative Arts of the China Trade, Carl Crossman, 1991, pp. 34-53, for further information about Spoilum, including illustrations of his portraits, in particular, two examples depicting two portraits of East India Company members wearing blue jackets with similar gilt braiding and English rampant lion embossed buttons, p. 45, plate 10, and p. 48, plate 11.
Scattered minute spots of retouch on forehead, around eyes, few small spots on upper lip and chin, sparse spots to backgrounds, several spots around edges; a half-inch sliver of paint loss is barely seen at upper right edge.
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