English School, early 17th Century Portrait of Sir Thomas Monson (1563/4-1641), three-quarter-length, in a slashed white doublet, girdled with a sword, holding a falcon and his wand of office

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Lot 47
English School
early 17th Century
Portrait of Sir Thomas Monson (1563/4-1641), three-quarter-length, in a slashed white doublet, girdled with a sword, holding a falcon and his wand of office

£ 7,000 - 10,000US$ 8,900 - 13,000
Amended
English School, early 17th Century
Portrait of Sir Thomas Monson (1563/4-1641), three-quarter-length, in a slashed white doublet, girdled with a sword, holding a falcon and his wand of office
bears inscription and date 'Sr L'Estrange/Mordaunt Bart/ June 26th 1611' (lower right)
oil on panel
110 x 82cm (43 5/16 x 32 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Sir Thomas Monson was the eldest surviving son of Sir John Monson (d. 1593) of South Carlton, Lincolnshire. His career thrived under the rule of James I and he became Master Falconer to the King, a position celebrated in this portrait, and was appointed Keeper of the Armoury at Greenwich and Master of the Armoury at the Tower of London. However, his fortunes changed in 1615 when he was implicated in the scandal of poisoning Sir Thomas Overbury. He was imprisoned in the Tower before eventually being cleared and released with his reputation and fortune in ruins.

    Another version of this portrait was sold at Christie's, London, 3 July 2013, lot 231.

Saleroom notices

  • We are grateful to Sir John Guinness for informing us that the present portrait was lot 12 in the sale at Christie's of the late Lady Mordaunt, when it was called Sir L'Estrange Mortdaunt. However, the latter's dates – 1572-1627 – do not fit with the inscription on the portrait recently sold by Christie's, whereas they do fit for Sir Thomas Monson, as suggested in our catalogue entry.
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