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Flemish School, circa 1660 | Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, pointing at a painting, traditionally said to be Gonzales Coques

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 GBP

Property of a descendant of William Beckford & The Dukes of Hamilton

Flemish School, circa 1660 | Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, pointing at a painting, traditionally said to be Gonzales Coques

Flemish School, circa 1660 | Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, pointing at a painting, traditionally said to be Gonzales Coques

Estimate:

5,000

to
- 7,000 GBP

Lot sold:

11,970

GBP

Property of a descendant of William Beckford & The Dukes of Hamilton

Flemish School, circa 1660

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, pointing at a painting, traditionally said to be Gonzales Coques


oil on copper

unframed: 16 x 12.8 cm.; 6 1/4 x 5 in.

framed: 30.5 x 26.7 cm.; 12 x 10 1/2 in.

The thin copper plate is flat and stable. The paint surface is slightly dirty with a slightly discoloured and uneven varnish. There is some slight frame abrasion visible along all four margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an opaque varnish underneath which a few small spots of retouching are made visible sparsely scattered along the margins and in the background. Otherwise the painting appears to be free of any intervention and in overall very good condition.


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By repute William Beckford (1760-1844);
His daughter Susan Euphemia, Duchess of Hamilton (1786-1859);
Her granddaughter, Lady Mary Louise (1884-1957), only child and principal heir of William Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 12th Duke of Hamilton, who married in 1906 James Graham (1878-1954), Marquis of Graham who in 1925 succeeded his father as 6th Duke of Montrose;
Thence by descent.
Beckford inventory (B/4999), as a pendant with lot 31.

Although previously thought to be a self-portrait by Gonzales Coques, this attribution is no longer accepted, nor does the sitter resemble the artist. Based on the style of the ruff, the painting can be dated to circa 1657-60, at which date Coques was just over forty years old and captured his likeness in a self-portrait, today in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg.1 Comparison between the Saint Petersburg picture and this one makes it clear that the sitter depicted here is not Coques.


We are grateful to Drs Marion Lisken-Pruss, Rudi Ekkart and Claire van den Donk for their help with the cataloguing of this painting.


M. Lisken-Pruss, Gonzales Coques. Der kleine Van Dyck, Turnhout 2013, pp. 243-44, cat. no. 32, reproduced p. 421.