English School, circa 1600
- Double portrait of two boys, full-length standing, wearing matching green doublets and skirts, said to be children of the Poulett family of Hinton St. George, Somerset
- oil on panel
- 103cm by 70cm
- 40½in by 27½in
George Amias Fitzwarrine Poulett, 8th Earl Poulett (1909-1973);
By whom sold, London, Sotheby’s, 5 March 1969, lot 7 (as M. Gheeraerts), to Rutland Ltd. for £1,200;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 11 June 1999, lot 4;
With Richard Philp Gallery London;
From whom acquired by the present owners.
R. Strong, The Tudor and Stuart Monarchy, vol. 2, Woodbridge 1995, p. 273 (as unknown follower of Hieronimo Custodis).
At the time of the 1969 and 1999 sales (see Provenance), this portrait bore an inscription at lower right mistakenly identifying the children as two daughters of Sir Amias Poulett (d. 1588). At some point following the 1999 sale, the inscription was removed.
We are grateful to Dr. Edward Town for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
1. See. R. Strong, "Elizabethan Painting: An Approach through Inscriptions — II: Hieronimo Custodis," in The Burlington Magazine, CV, 1963, p. 104; and R. Strong, The English Icon: Elizabethan & Jacobean Portraiture, London 1969, p. 349 (where the Burlington article was reprinted in the Appendix.)