Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1590-1656) Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Sir Harry Vane the Younger, half-length, in armour with a red sash,

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Lot 65
Gerrit van Honthorst
(Utrecht 1590-1656)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Sir Harry Vane the Younger, half-length, in armour with a red sash,

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 31,085) inc. premium
Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1590-1656)
Portrait of a gentleman, traditionally identified as Sir Harry Vane the Younger, half-length, in armour with a red sash, within a painted oval
signed and dated 'Honthorst/ 1647' (lower left)
oil on panel
74.2 x 59.2cm (29 3/16 x 23 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    A descendant of James Thursby Pelham and thence by descent to the present owner

    Sir Henry Vane (1613-1662), was often referred to as Harry to distinguish him from his father, Sir Henry Vane the Elder. Vane was briefly in North America, serving one term as the Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Following his return to England in 1637 he was a leading Parliamentarian during the English Civil War and worked closely with Oliver Cromwell. He removed himself from power in 1653, later returning during the Commonwealth period in 1659-1660. He was then arrested under orders from King Charles II following the latter's restoration to the throne.

    After much debate, Vane was exempted from the Indemnity and Oblivion Act, and was thus denied amnesty granted to most people for their roles in the Civil War and Interregnum. Although he was formally granted clemency by Charles II, he was charged with high treason by Parliament in 1662. He was denied counsel in court, and was convicted by a partisan jury. Charles II withdrew his earlier clemency, and Vane was beheaded on Tower Hill on 14 June 1662.

    A portrait of his brother Sir George Vane, also signed by Honthorst and dated 1645, was sold at Christie's South Kensington, 5 December 2007, lot 113. It is possible that Honthorst painted various members of the family after Sir Henry Vane the Elder paid the artist for works commissioned by Charles I in 1628 but for which the king later refused to pay.
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