ENGLISH SCHOOL, LATE 16TH CENTURY
Portrait of a young man, traditionally identified as John Colet, Dean of Saint Paul's (1467-1519), half-length, in a brown coat
oil on panel
181⁄8 x 11 in. (46 x 27.9 cm.)
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
The Dukes of Manchester, Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdonshire, and by descent to,
Alexander Drogo Montagu, 10th Duke of Manchester (1902-1977), and by inheritance to the present owner.
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Consuelo Montagu, Duchess of Manchester (1853-1909), Catalogue of the Pictures at Kimbolton Castle, p. 12, no. 55, as ‘Mabuse’, in the Green Drawing Room.
Leeds, The National Exhibition of Works of Art, 1868, no. 511, as 'Jan de Mabuse'.
London, The New Gallery, Exhibition of the Royal House of Tudor, 1890, no. 9, as ‘Jan de Mabuse’.
Colet was a humanist scholar, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral from 1505-19, and founder of St. Paul’s School, London. He was a friend of Erasmus and an important early leader of Christian humanism. A posthumous portrait drawing of the sitter by Holbein (c.1535; Royal Collection) is based on a lost bust, dated to circa 1519, by Pietro Torrigiano, a cast of which is in the National Portrait Gallery. The original evidently inspired the portrait which formed part of the monument to Colet in St. Paul’s Cathedral that was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.
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