Lot 128
  • 128

ENGLISH SCHOOL, 1596 Double portrait of a gentleman and his wife, both half-length

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
62,500 GBP
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  • English School, 1624
  • Double portrait of a gentleman and his wife, both half-length
  • dated upper centre: 15·96
  • oil on oak panel
  • 62 x 76.8 cm.; 24 3/8  x 30 1/4  in.


Captain Richard Neville, Butleigh Court, Glastonbury, Somerset;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 5 April 1946, lot 45 (as by a Follower of Lucas de Heere), to The Arcade Gallery;
With Peter Wengraf, The Arcade Gallery, London;
From whom purchased in March 1947 by the late husband of the present owner.


London, Arcade Gallery, Elizabethan Portraits, 19 March – 19 April 1947, no. 12.


Advertised in The Burlington Magazine, vol. LXXXIX, no. 528, March 1947;
G.M. Trevelyan, Illustrated English Social History, vol. I, London 1949, reproduced fig. 148.

Catalogue Note

This double portrait was formerly identified as William Cecil, Lord Burleigh (1520–98) and his second wife Mildred Cooke (1526–89). The lady wears a prominent pendant hung from a string of pearls, engraved with what appears to be a phoenix – the heraldic emblem of the Seymours, adopted by Elizabeth I – symbolic of Christ's Resurrection and, as always being born afresh from flames and ashes, uniqueness and survival in adversity.