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The (so-called) Sheffield portrait by van Dijck in the Royal Picture Gallery at the Mauritshuis in the Hague

1910 Oud-Holland  
Sometime His Majesty's Secretary of Legation in the Hague. HE half length portrait of a man painted by VAN DI]CK in the Royal Picture Gallery at the Mauritshuis in the Hague, a reproduction of which figures on the opposite page, was formely in the collection of GOVERT VAN SLIN-GELANDT, from whence it passed to that OfWILLIAM the V. In the catalogue of the last named owner it is stated th at the coat of arms hanging from a sculptured Hon'g head in the left hand top corner of the picture
more » ... he picture indicates th at the picture representsa SHEFFIELD, Duke of BUCKINGHAM. All the later catalogues up till the notice of 1874 have omitted the name of SHEFFIELD and repeated that the portrait in question represented a Duke of BUCKINGHAM. This was manifestly an error, for the Dukedom of Buckingham was only granted by Queen ANNE to J OHN SHEFFIELD in 17°3. The identity· of the portrait has been for many years past a q uestion of debate, and it has generally been agreed that it does not represent an Englishman j as the type of face and the dress are not English. Having lately had the opportunity given me of visiting the Duke Ol BUCCLEUCH'S pictures at Montagu House, I at once noticed amongst the VAN DI]CK
doi:10.1163/18750176-90000080 fatcat:drmn35jd4ren5dvv3lgout4c7i