• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 231

    Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen I (London 1593-1661 Utrecht)

    Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a black-and-white dress with a lace collar, with a pearl necklace, earrings and ribbons in her hair

    Price Realised  

    Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen I (London 1593-1661 Utrecht)
    Portrait of a lady, bust-length, in a black-and-white dress with a lace collar, with a pearl necklace, earrings and ribbons in her hair
    signed with initials and dated 'C·J·f 1629.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30½ x 25½ in. (77.5 x 64.8 cm.)


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    Sir Hugo de Bathe, 5th Bt., who owned this portrait, is perhaps best known for having married the late Victorian beauty and actress Lillie Langtry (1853-1929) who was previously the mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. The portrait was sold in 1931, and is recorded the following year, in a photograph in the Witt Library, as being in the collection of Viscount Burnham, Sir Hugo's brother-in-law.

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    Provenance

    General Sir Henry de Bathe, 4th Bt. (1823-1907), and by descent to his son,
    Sir Hugo de Bathe, 5th Bt. (1871-1940); Sotheby's, London, 13 May 1931, lot 45 (419 gns. to Leggatt).
    Harry Lawson Webster Levy-Lawson, Viscount Burnham (1862-1933).