• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5491

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 37

    English School, circa 1623

    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black doublet with a lace ruff

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    English School, circa 1623
    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black doublet with a lace ruff
    inscribed and dated 'Præsentibs contennis, meliora spero. Anno Dñi. .1623. Ætatis. 23:' (upper right)
    oil on panel
    18½ x 14½ in. (47 x 36.8 cm.)


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    The inscription on the present portrait would appear to be an abbreviated form of 'praesentibus contentus, meliora spero', meaning 'content with present circumstances, I hope for better ones'.

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