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    Sale 5311

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    5 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 148

    Circle of Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1592-1656)

    Portrait of an officer, bust-length, in armour, with an orange sash and lace collar, in a feigned oval

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    Circle of Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1592-1656)
    Portrait of an officer, bust-length, in armour, with an orange sash and lace collar, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    27¼ x 23¾ in. (69.3 x 60.4 cm.)


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    Gerrit van Honthorst studied under the portrait painter and engraver Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651) in Utrecht before travelling to Italy in 1620 where he was very much influenced by the use of dramatic light in the work of Caravaggio and his followers. Honthorst went on to become one of the main exponents of the Caravaggesque school of artists in Utrcht. In 1628, he accepted an invitation to England by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, and painted an allegorical portrait of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria as Apollo and Diana (Royal Collection, Hampton Court).

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