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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 49

    Attributed to John Closterman and Studio (Osnabrück 1660-1711 London)

    Portrait of Francis, 2nd Lord Guilford (1673-1729), three-quarter-length, in a blue velvet coat with jewelled fastenings, and an ochre wrap, before a column

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to John Closterman and Studio (Osnabrück 1660-1711 London)
    Portrait of Francis, 2nd Lord Guilford (1673-1729), three-quarter-length, in a blue velvet coat with jewelled fastenings, and an ochre wrap, before a column
    with identifying inscription 'FRANCIS LORD GUILFORD SON OF FRANCIS LORD GUILFORD LD. KEEPER OF THE GREAT SEAL OF ENGLAND IN THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND.' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.7 cm.)
    in a carved and gilded panel frame


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    The present portrait shows Francis Lord Guilford when Lord Keeper to Charles II. The Great Seal of the United Kingdom, formerly the Great Seal of England, is a seal used to symbolise the monarch's approval of official state documents. The Lord Keeper of the Great Seal was originally an officer of the English Crown charged with physical custody of the Seal, and later one of the Great Officers of State. The position developed into a permanent appointment and the Lord Keeper, who was generally a peer, acquired the right of discharging all duties related to the Great Seal.

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Guilford, and by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    We are grateful to Sir John Guinness for confirming that as stated in the catalogue the present sitter is Francis, 2nd Lord Guilford, but that he was not Lord Keeper to King Charles II, a post his father, 1st Lord Guilford held.
    Please note that this lot is sold as viewed.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE (LOTS 46-68)