Unidentified Sitter in Re-discovered 17th Century Portrait


A recently discovered painting dated 1626 features an unidentified, regally-dressed child. The previously forgotten painting was left hanging behind an open door for several decades and was uncovered by an antiques expert during a house clearance, following the death of its owner. The 400-year-old portrait could fetch 20,000 pounds at auction. It bears the name Adriaen Verkins (possibly Dutch) and is dated to 1626, when Charles I (1600–1649) was king of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The wealthy child, aged around 18 months to 2 years old and dressed head to toe in lavish formal attire, has been described as a “miniature adult.”

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