- Andrea Soldi, Italian, 1703-1771
Italian, about 1703–1771
Thomas Sheppard, 1733
Oil paint on canvas
Signed and dated at lower left, Andrea Soldi / f: Ano 1733
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2019.2
Before settling in England, Andrea Soldi made a name for himself painting portraits of British merchants working in Turkey. Often these merchants were Catholic supporters of the deposed King James II who fled following a failed rebellion in 1715. One such exile was Thomas Sheppard, whose lavishly embroidered coat and gold silk waistcoat clearly announce his professional success.