CIRCLE OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
CIRCLE OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
CIRCLE OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
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CIRCLE OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)

Portrait of Edward Denny, 1st Earl of Norwich (1569-1637), full-length, seated, wearing black silk Court dress, holding a book beside a table draped with red velvet

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CIRCLE OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
Portrait of Edward Denny, 1st Earl of Norwich (1569-1637), full-length, seated, wearing black silk Court dress, holding a book beside a table draped with red velvet
oil on canvas
74 3⁄8 x 48 ½ in. (189 x 123.2 cm.)
with identifying inscription 'to the right Honor.ble / Edward Denne / Earle of Norwich / Baron of Waltham' (centre right, on white letter)
in a frame of foliate carved and pierced giltwood, applied to an ebonised subframe

Please note that 100% of the hammer proceeds from this auction will be paid to the Sandys Trust, registered charity number: 1168357, with the exception of limited deductions towards sale costs across the auction which cannot be accurately calculated at this time, capped at a total of £10,000.
Provenance
Edwin, 2nd Baron Sandys (1726-1797), Ombersley Court, Worcestershire, by 1781-2, and by descent in the family to,
Richard Hill, 7th Baron Sandys (1931-2013), Ombersley Court, Worcestershire.
Literature
T.R. Nash, Collections for the History of Worcestershire, London, 1781-2, II, p. 224, where listed in a bedchamber below stairs.
J. Grego, Inventory of Pictures: Portraits, Paintings, etc., Ombersley MS., 1905, where listed in the State Parlor.
ONM / 1 / 2 / 7, journal entry for a visit to Ombersley Court, 25 August 1950, Oliver Millar Archive, Paul Mellon Centre, London, p. 23, as 'not unlike Mytens'.
A. Oswald, 'Ombersley Court, Worcestershire - II', Country Life, 9 January 1953, p. 94 and pl. 1, as 'Van Somer'.
Ombersley Court Inventory, June 1963, annotated Ombersley MS., as 'School of Van Somer', where listed in the small Dining Room.
Ombersley Court Catalogue of Pictures, undated, Ombersley MS., p. 26, as 'Daniel Mytens', where listed in the Dining Room.

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Lot Essay

Edward Denny, 1st Earl of Norwich, lived the comfortable existence of a wealthy aristocrat; grandson of Sir Anthony Denny, one of Henry VIII’s closest confidents, he was himself a courtier and Member of Parliament, being raised to the Earldom in 1626. However, posterity best remembers him for his protests at the time of the publication of Lady Mary Wroth’s prose romance The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania, the first known work of its genre to be written by a woman. Denny believed that Lady Mary had drawn upon the lives of Denny, his only daughter Honoria, and her husband James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle, in a satire that cast him as a murderous father, his daughter as a harlot and her husband as a cuckold. In retaliation Denny wrote his own satirical poem about Lady Mary, in which he called her a ‘hermaphrodite in show, in deed a monster.’ The relationship between the two further deteriorated, with Worth lambasting him as a drunkard and a ‘lying wonder’. It is probably this chapter that led to the epitaph on his tombstone, which tells those who venture into Waltham Abbey that Denny was ‘A courtier in the chamber, / A soldier in the field, / Whose tongue could never flatter, / Whose heart could never yield.’

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