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Unknown Artist, ? John Hussey Delaval

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
? John Hussey Delaval
Date
? c.1640s
Location
Brown Parlour
Medium and support
Oil on canvas laid down on panel
Dimensions
Overall height: 76 cm, Overall width: 63 cm
Artist
Unknown Artist
Catalogue Number
DN7

Description

The subject of the portrait has been identified traditionally as Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619–1682), the son of Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and Elizabeth Stuart. A facial comparison with the portrait of Prince Rupert in Banbury Town Hall, attributed to Mytens, reveals some similarities. Otherwise, the comparison to other portraits of Prince Rupert is not convincing. The painting can be dated to the mid-seventeenth century. It may depict a member of the Hussey family, quite possibly John Hussey Delaval (DN82) who espoused the Royalist cause during the Civil War.

by Martin Postle

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