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Lot 42

Circle of Jan van Scorel,   Dutch 1495-1562-   Portrait of a young man,...

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Lot 42

Circle of Jan van Scorel,
Dutch 1495-1562-
Portrait of a young man,...

Price Realised: £3,380

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 42


Circle of Jan van Scorel,


Dutch 1495-1562-


Portrait of a young man, half-length, possibly a Reformer;


oil on panel, cradled, 57.5 x 44.2 cm.


Inscription on the frame reads: 'HÆC ERAT VNDENA FACIES TRIETERIDE VITAE, 1545 / QVOD SVPEREST AEVI TVREGE CHRISTE MEI.' (This was the face of eleven times three years of life, 1545 / What remains of my life, Christ, thou rule.)



Wardour Street dealer, London, 1856.;

Where purchased by Sir John Hay Williams (1794-1859), 2nd Baronet of Bodelwyddan, and of Rhianva, Anglesey.;

By descent to the present owner.



Catalogue of Pictures, Rhianva, pp.16-17, which mentions the 1856 Wardour Street provenance.;

Lady Sarah (wife of Sir John Hay Williams), 'Memoranda Concerning Rhianva for the use of our children', 1859, pp.27-28.


Note: The condition and later interventions upon the present work preclude a definitive reading of its authorship, and it is plausible that van Scorel himself, or his workshop, had a hand in its execution.


The date of birth of the subject is given in the somewhat enigmatic inscription in Latin, from which one deduces that the subject was aged 33, and was therefore born in 1512. He is a middle-aged auburn-haired man, with care-worn countenance. Situated behind him is a building, apparently a University, in which a column and church form conspicuous objects. In the distance there is a sea-shore, or lake, with a succession of high headlands. For two similar portraits by Van Scorel, see those at Christ Church, University of Oxford (nos JBS235 and JBS236).

Lady Sarahs Rhianva Memoranda (see literature) was continued latterly by her daughter Margaret, and in a 1916 entry, we read of the restoration of the present work by a Mr. Thomas Tanner: Later Mr. Lionel Cust and Sybil (nee Lyttleton) were with us. It was a memorable visit to me as Mr. Cust, who is a keen art-critic and keeper of the Kings pictures made some comments on some of the pictures at Rhianva, one of which is German Reformer This picture Mr. Cust greatly admired, but it was badly in need of attention, the panel it was painted on was cracking & the paint in danger of peeling off. By Mr. Custs advice it was sent to Mr. Thomas Tanner, 19 Easy Row, Birmingham, who restored it beautifully.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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ARR is capped at €12,500

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