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Circle of Gerard Soest (Soest c. 1600-1681 London)
Circle of Gerard Soest (Soest c. 1600-1681 London)

Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Edward Nicholas (b. 1624/5), bust-length, in a brown doublet with a white collar

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Circle of Gerard Soest (Soest c. 1600-1681 London)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Edward Nicholas (b. 1624/5), bust-length, in a brown doublet with a white collar
with inscription 'SIR EDWARD NICHOLAS 1640 / Sec. State to Charles 1st. & Charles 2nd.' (upper left)
oil on canvas
27 x 22 7/8 in. (68.5 x 58.1 cm.)
Provenance
(Probably) Gell family, Hopton Hall, Derbyshire, and by descent at Hopton to,
Philip Gell (1775-1842), and by descent to his daughter,
Isabella, wife of William Pole Thornhill, until 1863, when Hopton was inherited, under the terms of her father's will, by,
Henry Chandos-Pole-Gell (1829-1902), Radburne Hall, Derby, and by descent to his grandson,
Lt. Col. John Chandos-Pole (1909-1993) , Newnham Hall, Daventry, and by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

The inscription on this portrait erroneously identifies the sitter as Sir Edward Nicholas (1593-1669), who served as Secretary of State to Charles I and Charles II. Rather, it would appear to show one of his sons, also Edward Nicholas.

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