View full screen - View 1 of Lot 73. A set of 6 historical portraits comprising: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100); George Castriot, known as Skanderberg (1405-68); Gonzalo Ferdández de Córdoba (1453-1515); Charles VIII, King of France (1470–98); Pietro Aretino (1492-1556); Gabriel Bethlen (1580-1629)..
73

Italian School, 17th century

A set of 6 historical portraits comprising: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100); George Castriot, known as Skanderberg (1405-68); Gonzalo Ferdández de Córdoba (1453-1515); Charles VIII, King of France (1470–98); Pietro Aretino (1492-1556); Gabriel Bethlen (1580-1629).

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

The Property of the Marquess of Lothian

Italian School, 17th century

Italian School, 17th century

A set of 6 historical portraits comprising: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100); George Castriot, known as Skanderberg (1405-68); Gonzalo Ferdández de Córdoba (1453-1515); Charles VIII, King of France (1470–98); Pietro Aretino (1492-1556); Gabriel Bethlen (1580-1629).

A set of 6 historical portraits comprising: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100); George Castriot, known as Skanderberg (1405-68); Gonzalo Ferdández de Córdoba (1453-1515); Charles VIII, King of France (1470–98); Pietro Aretino (1492-1556); Gabriel Bethlen (1580-1629).

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Lot sold:

17,640

GBP

The Property of the Marquess of Lothian

Italian School, 17th century

A set of 6 historical portraits comprising: Godfrey of Bouillon (1060-1100); George Castriot, known as Skanderberg (1405-68); Gonzalo Ferdández de Córdoba (1453-1515); Charles VIII, King of France (1470–98); Pietro Aretino (1492-1556); Gabriel Bethlen (1580-1629).



each inscribed in Latin with the identity of the sitter;

some inscribed with inventory numbers

all oil on canvas

each approx.: 63.5 x 49 cm.; 25 x 19 ¼ in.

(6)

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

 

Oils on canvas, in plain oak wood frames with gilt slips

 

The six portraits are lined and there is good adhesion between the original canvas supports and the lining fabric, and tension is maintained throughout.

 

The paint surfaces are, generally, well preserved and the paint layers are stable and secure.

 

Original preserved paint texture, most visible in the lighter and highlighted passages, is in a good preserved state.

 

Each portrait shows a degree minor restored paint loss. The portrait of Godfrey of Bouillon exhibits a fine horizontal fracture through his face and a vertical fracture, with minor associated paint loss, to his chest; Gonzales Fernando has visible restored loss scattered across his tunic.

 

Many areas of the portraits are in a very good preserved state and fine details are maintained.

 

The removal of the discoloured and degraded varnish layers to each portrait would improve the overall tonality and reveal original chromatic intent.


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Probably William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian (1605-75);
Thence by descent.
J. Macky, A journey through Scotland: in familiar letters from a gentleman here, to his friend abroad. Being the third volume, which compleats Great Britain, London 1723, p. 53;
Newbattle Abbey inventory, 10 March 1798 (listed in a variety of rooms);
Newbattle Abbey inventory, March 1833, nos 337, 341-42, 351, 356, 358;
R. Wenley, The Lothian Picture Collection: History and Context, M.Litt. diss., University of St Andrews, 1990, pp. 62-64.

William Kerr's (1605-75) legacy to the Lothian collection constituted some 300 pictures, a quantity that is all the more staggering in light of the political upheaval of these decades and William’s relatively small fortune. Chief among his collection were portraits, such as this set - in 1645, for instance, John Clerk (1611-79), Kerr's agent in Europe, refers to his purchase for William of ‘32 pictures off noblemen and uthers in France [sic.]’,1 following the taste for such series of ‘worthies’, that he would have seen in the grand Renaissance collections he encountered on his Tour. 


6 April 1645, Paris; Clerk to William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian.