A portrait of a gentleman catalogued as ‘circle of John de Critz’ – estimate £8000-12,000 at Cheffins.

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It was previously held in the Milner-Gibson-Cullum collection at Hardwick House in Bury St Edmunds and later in the collection of Bryan Hall at The Old Rectory in Banningham.

The work also featured in an 1890 exhibition titled The Royal House of Tudor at The New Gallery in London where it was described as by Federico Zucchero (c.1543-1609).

More recently it sold at Bonhams’ auction of Bryan Hall’s collection in 2004 where it was catalogued as ‘circle of Robert Peake’ and made £15,275 including premium.

Having seemingly since had a thick layer of varnish removed, it is offered at Cheffins on September 21-22 with a £8000-12,000 estimate and catalogued as ‘Circle of John de Critz (1551-1642)’.

The inscription to the upper left, Robert Dudley/ Earl of Leicester/ AE 43, was applied later according to Cheffins.