Reputedly Sir Edward Denny

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 348074

Category Paintings
Date 1608 (inscribed)
Materials Oil on panel
Measurements 914 x 673 mm (36 x 26 ½ in)
Place of origin England
Collection Cotehele, Cornwall (Accredited Museum)
On show at Cotehele, Cornwall, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on panel, Reputedly Edward Denny, British (English) School, inscribed Aet Suae 33 An. Dom. 1608. A half-length portrait of a gentleman, aged 33, wearing a white doublet with open lace white collar and cuffs. Also the panel is inscribed with four lines of French verse: 'Qui bien se mire bien se voit / qui bien se voit bien se cogn[oist] / qui bien se cognoist peu se prise / qui peu se prose sage est', and a fragmentary inscription 'Glorie sn. quiet [ ]ge / suorum [?] et se [?] sange [?].

Provenance

Left at the property when Cotehele was accepted in lieu of tax from Kenelm, 6th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1873–1965) and transferred to the National Trust in 1947; and amongst the contents accepted in lieu of estate duty by HM Treasury and transferred to the National Trust in 1974

Marks and inscriptions

Recto: to the right above the sitter's head: Aet. Suae: 33 An. Dom. 1608, and with four lines of French verse in a rugged hand to the left above it: Qui bien se mire bien se voit / qui bien se voit bien se cogn [oist] / qui bien se cognoist peu se prise / qui peu se prise sage est; fragmentary inscription bottom r.: Gloire sn. quiet [ ]ge / suorum [?] et se [?] sange[?]

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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Place of origin England (244009)
Materials Oil paint (8287)
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Category Paintings (12631)
Collection Cotehele, Cornwall (Accredited Museum) (2998)
Periods 17th century (32782)
Maker British (English) School (3756)
Subjects Sir Edward Denny (1)
Object Type Oil painting (11982)

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