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Premier Auction - Session I

Fri, Mar 25, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 410

Follower of Pierre Mignard

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

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(French, 1612-1695)

Portrait of a Young Man, said to be Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester (1639-1660) against a landscape within a trompe l'oeil cartouche, unsigned, oil on panel, 12 x 9-5/8 in.; reverse gilt wood leaf frame, 17-3/8 x 15-3/8 in.

Note: In 1652, Oliver Cromwell agreed to release Henry, who had been kept in the Tower of London after his father was arrested and executed. He traveled to join his mother and brothers exiled in Paris. At the time he was eleven years old. The frame plate on this painting suggests that the artist is Pierre Mignard (French, 1612-1695). It is not known that Mignard painted the youth in Paris, yet he painted his mother, Henrietta d'Engleterre and the treatment of the landscape is compelling. Instead, the bold cartouche reflects the taste for such devices used in portraiture in England during this period. It is most associated with Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) and by artist and Lely copyist, Mary Beale (1633-1699).

References: Henry Stuart (Duke of Gloucester) (The Diary of Samuel Pepys) (

For Lely's 1647 portrait of Henry and his siblings see:


panel shaved and cradled, vertical splits with some associated retouch, other scattered retouch, surface dirt, yellowed varnish, abrasions, crackle; frame with wear to surface

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