• Old Masters & 19th Century Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5859

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art

    28 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 43

    Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)

    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Francis Crane of Loughton, half-length, in black robes

    Price Realised  

    Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618-1680 London)
    Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Francis Crane of Loughton, half-length, in black robes
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)


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    The sitter was the eldest son of William Crane of Loughton, Buckinghamshire, and Frances Bond, the adopted co-heir of Sir Francis Crane (1579-1636), the founder and director of the Mortlake Tapestry Factory under the patronage of James I and Charles I and later a Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. See Laurence Martin, Apollo, Sir Francis Crane, February 1981, pp. 90-96.
    This portrait, which would appear to date from the early 1650s is characteristic of Lely's early portraiture.

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    Provenance

    Mrs J. Henzell Ault; Christie's, London, 21 November 1980, lot 78.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 17 June 1983, lot 107, where acquired by the present owner.