Unknown Artist, Unknown Boy; ? Member of the Delaval family

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Country House
Doddington Hall
Unknown Boy; ? Member of the Delaval family
Ground Floor, Bottom Of Stairs & Lower Staircase To First Floor
Medium and support
Oil on panel
Overall height: 127 cm, Overall width: 84 cm
Unknown Artist
Catalogue Number


The identity of the sitter and artist are unknown, although the coat of arms at the upper left indicates that the boy, aged around ten years old, is a member of the Delaval family. Cole states: ‘A boy of the Delaval family, with coat of arms, Delaval quartering Greystock, Selby, Fenwick and others.’ On stylistic grounds it would appear to date from the early seventeenth century. It has previously been called ‘circle of Mierevelt’, with reference presumably to the Dutch painter Michiel van Mierevelt (1566–1641). Mierevelt, who worked in Delft, did not visit England.

by Martin Postle

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