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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 18

    Studio of John de Critz I (Antwerp 1551/2-1642 London)

    Portrait of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), half-length, in a black doublet and white ruff, his left hand holding a pomander, his right hand holding a seal

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    Studio of John de Critz I (Antwerp 1551/2-1642 London)
    Portrait of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1563-1612), half-length, in a black doublet and white ruff, his left hand holding a pomander, his right hand holding a seal
    inscribed with the sitter's motto 'SERO, SED SERIO' (upper left), his coat-of-arms (lower left, on the box), and dated '1608' (upper right)
    oil on oak panel
    35 7/8 x 29 3/8 in. (91.1 x 74.7 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Caroline Rae who, on the basis of a photograph, believes this portrait to be from the studio of de Critz. She compares it with the portraits of Cecil in the National Portrait Gallery (see R. Strong, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, London, 1969, I, p. 274, no. 107, ii, pl. 536) and that at Ingatestone Hall, Essex.

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    Provenance

    Judge Murnaghan, Dublin, and by descent to the present owner.