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WEISS GALLERY CELEBRATES MILESTONE WITH EXHIBITION

Mark Weiss, of The Weiss Gallery, London's leading specialist in Tudor, Stuart and Northern European portraiture, is hosting an exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of opening his first gallery.

'Cornelius Johnson: Painter to King and Country' takes place from 30 June until 15 July 2016 at Weiss' Jermyn Street gallery.  This very special landmark exhibition also forms part of London Art Week (1-8 July 2016).

Mark Weiss is embracing his milestone anniversary as an ideal opportunity to showcase the work of an artist very close to his heart, in what will be the first ever large-scale exhibition of Johnson's work.

A prolific portrait painter of Royalty and emerging English gentry, Cornelius Johnson's work included tiny oval miniatures through to large group portraits.  His art is familiar to many, due to his works hanging in both private and public collections worldwide.

The exhibition will feature 30 works, and testament to Weiss' long-standing relationships with collectors and museums, many of the pieces are on loan from institutions such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut, USA.  Works from the Weiss Gallery will also be available for sale.

Highlights of the exhibition will include Royal commissions of Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) and her son Charles, Prince of Wales (1630-1675), both on loan from a private collector in the USA, and neither of which have been previously shown in public.

Prince Charles Portrait

Charles II, as Prince of Wales (1630-1675) with a spaniel, by Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661)

From the Weiss Gallery collection is a portrait of Sir William Campion of Combwell, painted around 1633, shortly after his appointment to the position of 'his Majesty's servant in ye quality of Picture Drawer'. The delicate brushstrokes and intricate detail in depicting the subject's hair, beard and clothing are fine examples of Johnson's famously masterful technique.

Portrait by Cornelius Johnson

Sir William Campion of Combwell (1585-1640) by Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661)

The exhibition opens on 29 June 2016 with a study day, led by Mark Weiss and 5 guest speakers, including Karen Hearn (historian of British art and culture c.1500-c.1710 and exhibition curator), Edward Town (postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for British Art), and Susan North (Curator of Fashion, 1550-1800, at the Victoria and Albert Museum).

For more information, visit The Weiss Gallery.