Matthew Snelling, King Charles II of England (1630-85), wearing armour with gold studs and white cravat, his hair worn long and curled, landscape and sky background
Lot 41
Matthew Snelling, King Charles II of England (1630-85), wearing armour with gold studs and white cravat, his hair worn long and curled, landscape and sky background
Sold for £5,975 (US$ 9,577) inc. premium

Lot Details
Matthew Snelling (British, 1621-1678)
King Charles II of England (1630-85), wearing armour with gold studs and white cravat, his hair worn long and curled, landscape and sky background
watercolour on vellum
, rectangular tortoiseshell frame with engraved steel border, the whole in brown leather travelling case
Oval, 71mm. (2 3/4ins.) high
Provenance: Said to have been in the Royal Lodge at Windsor at the time of the death of George IV
The Collection of Julian Senior, Esq.
The J. Pierpont Morgan Collection, Christie's, London, 24th June 1935, lot 231 (bought by Spink, £71-0-0)
Collection of L.H. Gilbert of Lisbon
Literature: The Connoisseur, January 1907 (illustrated)
G.C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures, the property of J. Pierpont Morgan, Vol. 1, p.104, no.126
Literature: Katharine Gibson, Best Belov'd of Kings, Ph.D thesis 1997, p.309, no.417

Footnotes

  • Matthew Snelling was reappointed Esquire of the Body to the King in 1660, a position he maintained until 1673. This miniature may have been painted shortly prior to his reappointment (he previously held the appointment in 1641).
    The present lot appears to relate to the portrait of Charles, circa 1658 by an anonymous artist, now at Castlemains, Douglas, Lanarkshire, and originally in the collection of the Earl of Clarendon. This full-length oil portrait was also the inspiration for the miniature of Charles by Richard Gibson, sold in these rooms, Bonhams, 21st November 1996, lot 12.
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