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136

Attributed to Frans Hals

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a brown fur-trimmed coat, with a large white ruff and black skull cap, holding a handkerchief

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 GBP

Property from Greystoke Castle, Penrith, Cumbria

Attributed to Frans Hals

Attributed to Frans Hals

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a brown fur-trimmed coat, with a large white ruff and black skull cap, holding a handkerchief

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a brown fur-trimmed coat, with a large white ruff and black skull cap, holding a handkerchief

Estimate:

80,000 - 120,000 GBP

Lot sold:

1,951,000

GBP

Property from Greystoke Castle, Penrith, Cumbria

Attributed to Frans Hals

Antwerp 1582/83 - 1666 Haarlem

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a brown fur-trimmed coat, with a large white ruff and black skull cap, holding a handkerchief


dated and inscribed centre right: ÆTAT 73 / 1650

oil on canvas

unframed: 84.4 x 65.9 cm.; 33¼ x 26 in.

framed: 98.6 x 79.6 cm.; 38 7/8 x 31 3/8 in.

The following condition report is provided by Simon Folkes who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:


Support

The original canvas has been relined and is tacked to a robust expandable stretcher. The lining, which is probably at least sixty years old, is in a good state of preservation and the stretcher is also sound.


The Paint layers

Although the condition generally is fairly good, there are some areas of thin and worn original paint in several parts of the picture. These include around the eyes and down the right side of the sitter's face, in his clothing directly beneath the ruff and in the background around the man's head. The outer edge of the grey coat sleeve, as well as along the lower arm, has also been abraded but all these areas have been carefully retouched so that the in-painting has been kept to a minimum. The only area of any significant wear is in the sitter's black cap which has been almost completely worn away during a previous cleaning. This has had to be largely in-painted to reunite the composition.


Much of the original artwork, however, remains in an excellent state of preservation including most of the face and coat, the ruff and the hand at the lower right corner. The picture still retains its vibrancy of colour and the sense of spontaneity in the rapid execution of the brushstrokes, particularly in the clothing.


Varnish coating The painting has recently been cleaned so it currently has a thin and transparent coat of varnish.


Please note that Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

This painting is displayed in a loan frame from Arnold Wiggins & Sons. If you wish to purchase the frame please contact a member of the Old Masters department.
Probably Marquess of Cholmondeley, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire;
Sir Arthur Cowell-Stepney, Bt (1834–1909), Llanelli, South Wales, acquired in circa 1900;
By descent to his grandson, Sir Algar Stafford-Howard, Greystoke Castle, Penrith, Cumbria, by 1958;
Thence by descent at Greystoke Castle, Penrith, Cumbria.

S. Slive, Frans Hals, 1970, pp. 94–95, 182 and 184, no. 180, reproduced fig. 282 (as Hals);

C. Grimm, 'Frans Hals und seine Schule', in Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, 1971, pp. 146–78, no. 28 (as Frans Hals the Younger);

C. Grimm and E.C. Montagni, L'Opera Completa di Frans Hals, 1974, p. 114, no. 272, reproduced (listed under other works attributed to Hals);

S. Slive, Frans Hals, 2nd edition, London 2014, p. 303 (as said to be dated 1650).