Lot 457
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Dutch School, 17th century

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  • Dutch School, 17th Century
  • Portrait of a child, full length, holding a coral teething rattle, a garland of flowers and a pomader
  • inscribed with inventory number lower left: 323
  • oil on canvas
  • 30in by 15¾in
Full length, standing, wearing red, holding a wreath of flowers and a coral rattle


Possibly William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian (1605-75), or Robert Kerr, 1st Marquess of Lothian (1636-1703);
Certainly in the collection of William John Kerr, 5th Marquess of Lothian (1737–1815), by 1788, when recorded in the inventory;
Thence by descent.


Newbattle Abbey inventory, c. 1788 ('A figure supposed to be Jeffrey Hudson');
Newbattle Abbey inventory, March 1833, no. 323;
Newbattle Abbey inventory, May 1878, no. 323 (Front Stairs);
Monteviot House inventory, 14 July 1989, no. 323.

Catalogue Note

This painting appears to be a copy with variations after the unattributed work in the collection of Queen's University, Belfast.1 In the 18th century Newbattle Abbey inventory in which this painting is listed, the sitter is identified as Jeffrey Hudson, the dwarf to Charles I and Henrietta Maria, who was first presented to the royal couple on being released from a pie at a banquet in circa 1628. A portrait of Hudson by Daniel Mytens is in the Royal Collection, but the present sitter does not resemble this likeness, and the style of dress dates this painting to the latter decades of the 16th century. Furthermore, the jewelled crown ornament he wears may in fact identify him as a prince.

1. Accession number QUB 79, Naughton Gallery at Queen's, Belfast; see E. Black, A sesquicentennial celebration: art from the Queen's Universtiy collection, exh. cat., Belfast 1995, no. 79, reproduced.