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Creator:
Cornelis Ketel, 1548–1616, Dutch, active in Britain (1573–81)
Title:

Sir John Smythe of Westenhanger, Kent (1557–1608)

Former Title(s):

Mr. Smyth of Ostenhanger, Aged 23 [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

John Smythe of Ostenhanger (now Westenhanger), Kent

Date:
1579
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
18 1/2 x 15 inches (47 x 38.1 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in gilded letters, upper right: "AO DNI 1579 | AETATIS. 23"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1973.1.14
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
costume | man | portrait | ruff | Tudor
Associated People:
Smythe, John, of Ostenhanger (1556?–1608)
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:119
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This belongs to a set of portraits painted for the sitter's father, the wealthy merchant Thomas "Customer" Smythe (ca. 1558-1625), who was collector of customs duties in the Port of London. This is Smythe's eldest surviving son John, painted at the age of twenty-three.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Art in Focus: Gazes Returned (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-04-13 - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 28-29, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Gazes returned, the technical examination of early English panel painting , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2012, pp. 7-9, figs. 2-3, V2415 (YCBA [ORBIS]

Karen Hearn, Dynasties, painting in Tudor and Jacobean England, 1530-1630 , Tate Publishing, London, 1995, 108, N6765 D95 1995 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ian Tyers, The tree-ring analysis of 23 panel paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , New Haven, dendrochronological consultancy report 470 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2011, pp. 11, 16, 23-25, fig. 5, CC78.3 .T94 2011 [ORBIS]


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