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A miniature portrait of a young Gentleman of the Kirkham family, believed to be Sir Walter Kirkham Blount, 3rd (Bt (d.1717), English School, circa 1665

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Wearing a lace cravat, set against a red curtain background
heart shaped oil on copper, backed with playing card set in the original gold backed silver mounted heart shaped frame, original thick cyrstal gtass (minor chips to the border)

Sir Walter Kirkham Blount, 3rd Bt. was the son of Sir George Blount, 2nd Bt. and Mary Kirkham. He married, firstly, Alicia Strickland, daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland and Jane Moseley. He married, secondly, Mary Cranmer, daughter of Sir Caesar Cranmer and Lelia Pelliott. He died on 12 May 1717 in Gent, Belgium, without issue.
Sir Walter Kirkham Blount, 3rd Bt. succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Blount, of Sodington, co. Worcester, on 12 November 1667. He wrote the book The Office of the Holy Week, published 1670, translating it from French. He held the office of Sheriff of Worcestershire from 1687 to 1688.
Miniature portraits were designed to be tokens of affection given to loved ones as a memento/keepsake.
The heart shaped format suggests that the sitter would probably have presented the piece to one of his wives. The sitter appears to be a young man indicating that it was painted to be given to his first wife Alicia
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Year                 circa 1665-1670
Medium                 Oil on copper
Condition                 Minor chips to the border of the glass
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