• The Cowdray Sale: Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 8014

    The Cowdray Sale: Works of Art from Cowdray Park and Dunecht House, At Cowdray Park, West Sussex

    13 - 15 September 2011, Cowdray Park

  • Lot 157

    Studio of Daniel Mytens (Delft c. 1590-1647 The Hague)

    Portrait of James Hamilton, 2nd Marquis of Hamilton, K.G. (1589-1625), full-length, in black, holding his hat and the white staff of the Lord Steward of the Household, wearing the ribbon of the Garter, with a view across a terrace to a landscape with horses and riders

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    Studio of Daniel Mytens (Delft c. 1590-1647 The Hague)
    Portrait of James Hamilton, 2nd Marquis of Hamilton, K.G. (1589-1625), full-length, in black, holding his hat and the white staff of the Lord Steward of the Household, wearing the ribbon of the Garter, with a view across a terrace to a landscape with horses and riders
    inscribed 'Jacobus Marchio Hamiltoniae reg Ætatis Suæ Æ 33.°Dm. 1622' (lower right, on a cartellino)
    oil on canvas
    81½ x 49½ in. (207 x 125.7 cm.)
    in a late 17th century silvered frame


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    James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton (1589-1625), who John Chamberlain claimed was 'held the gallantest gentlemen' of both England and Scotland, was the son John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton (1539-1604) and Margaret, daughter of John Lyon, 7th Baron Glamis. A prominent courtier in the reign of King James I, he was appointed a Privy Councillor for Scotland in 1613 and for England in 1617, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber in 1621, and this portrait type celebrates his appointment as Lord Steward of the King's household. The favour in which he was held at court was reflected in his appointment as the King's commissioner to the Scottish Parliament, and his keepership of the palace of Holyroodhouse; he also acted as a commissioner in the negotiations for the marriage of Prince Charles and the Spanish Infanta and was charged with receiving the Infanta on her arrival in England in May 1623 and was made a Knight of the Garter in 1623.

    The original of this portrait type is thought likely to be that formerly at Hamilton Palace, which was bought back for the Hamilton collection at Lennoxlove when it appeared at Christie's in Viscount Furness's sale on 28 March 1947, lot 41 (now Scottish National Portrait Gallery). Autograph versions of the type are recorded in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle and at Hopetoun, while other contemporary copies are recorded at Knole and in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (see O. Millar, op.cit., p. 88).

    Provenance

    The Earls of Haddington
    Lady Sinclair of Stevenson; Dowell, Edinburgh, 16 May 1931.
    Acquired from Leggatt Brothers, London, in 1931, by Harold Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray.


    Literature

    O. Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London, 1963, I, pp. 87-8, under no. 124, as a 'good version' of the Windsor Castle portrait.
    O. Ter Kuile, 'Daniel Mijtens', in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, XX, 1969, pp. 67 and 69, no. 50, as 'Studio', and under no. 45.
    C. Anson, A Catalogue of Pictures and Drawings in the Collection of The Viscount Cowdray, London, 1971, p. 9, no. 28, plate 10, as 'Daniel Mytens' (in the Buck Hall).