Colonel Lyons, London; with Duveen Brothers, London; Hans Freiherr Reitzes von Marienwert, Vienna; Greta S. Heckett, Pitsburg, PA.; her executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1977, lot 144; sale, London, Christie's, 7 December 2004, lot 139
The sitter was born in Gloucester and baptized a Roman Catholic. In 1642 he was sent to continue his studies at the English Jesuit school at St Omer in Spanish Flanders. Following time spent in Rome and Padua, he then studied medicine in Paris. He returned to England in 1658 and after the restoration was appointed physician-in-ordinary to Charles II’s Queen, Catherine of Braganza. Although generally well liked, he had enemies and he was accused of plotting to poison the King. In 1679, the year that this miniature was painted, he faced charges of high treason, but his trial was eventually thrown out of court.
The miniature is in good order. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."