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    Sale 5311

    Old Master & British Pictures & Old Master Drawings

    5 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 34

    Venetian School, 17th century

    Portrait of Sir John Finet, three-quarter-length, seated, holding a book in his left hand, in an interior, a view of the Grand Canal, Venice, beyond

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    Venetian School, 17th century
    Portrait of Sir John Finet, three-quarter-length, seated, holding a book in his left hand, in an interior, a view of the Grand Canal, Venice, beyond
    inscribed 'Sr Iohn Finett Master of ye. Ceremonies: to King Iames ye 1st.' (above the hour glass); and inscribed 'Quanullum superest aet: meae 38' (on the piece of paper, next to the hour glass)
    oil on canvas
    48 x 38 in. (12.8 x 96.5 cm.)


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    Sir John Finet (1570/71-1641) was a writer and renowned figure at court during the reigns of James I and Charles I. He was knighted by James I on 23rd March 1616 and later, in 1627, became master of ceremonies.
    There are two other known versions of the present work; one sold at Sotheby's, Noseby Hall Sale, 28 September 1998, Lot 4; and a copy in watercolour by George Perfect Harding, in the National Portrait Gallery.

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    Provenance

    Phillips, London, 13 April 1999, Lot 86.