• Christie's Interiors  auction at Christies

    Sale 2235

    Christie's Interiors

    16 - 17 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 157

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (British, 1646-1723)

    Portrait of Sir Robert Southwell (1635-1702), three quarter length, in a brown robe

    Price Realised  

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (British, 1646-1723)
    Portrait of Sir Robert Southwell (1635-1702), three quarter length, in a brown robe
    inscribed 'M:r Southwell by Sir.P.Lely' (upper right)
    oil on canvas
    49¾ x 40 in. (126.4 x 101.6 cm.)


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    Sir Robert Southwell, diplomat and government official was born at Kinsale, co. Cork. As well as being M.P. for Penrhyn and Lostwithiel, he was emissary to Portugal and ambassador to Brussels. The present lot appears to be an autograph version of the prime located at the Royal Society, London (see J.D. Stewart, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Oxford, 1983, p. 131, no. 704).

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's New York, 11 November 1978, lot 45 (as Attributed to Sir Peter Lely).


    Pre-Lot Text

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