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    Sale 5311

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    5 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 114

    Circle of Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford, Lincs.)

    Portrait of a gentleman traditionally identifed as Francis Cressett (b. c.1612), three-quarter-length, in armour, holding a helmet

    Price Realised  

    Circle of Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford, Lincs.)
    Portrait of a gentleman traditionally identifed as Francis Cressett (b. c.1612), three-quarter-length, in armour, holding a helmet
    inscribed, crested and dated '1672 ATIS SUAE 49' (UPPER LEFT)
    OIL ON CANVAS
    49 X 38 IN. (124.6 X 96.6 CM.)


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    FRANCES CRESSET IS RECORDED IN THE 1663 HERALDS' VISITATION AS HAVING MARRIED MARY, DAUGHTER OF SIR HENRY ROBINSON.
    GIVEN THE INSCRIPTION ON THE PRESENT PORTRAIT SUGGESTS THE SITTER WAS AGED 49 IN 1679, THIS WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT IS A PORTRAIT OF SOMEONE BORN IN 1630. AS SUCH, IT IS MORE LIKELY TO BE ROBERT CRESSETT OF UPTON CRESSETT (1631-1702), SON OF RICHARD CRESSETT (B. C.1611), ELDER BROTHER OF FRANCIS CRESSETT. THE ARMS ON THE PORTRAIT ARE FOR THE CRESSTT FAMILY.

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