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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford (1626-1703), Soldier

An iconography given by R. W. Goulding & C. K. Adams (in R. W. Goulding, Catalogue of Pictures belonging to ... the Duke of Portland ..., C. K. Adams ed., 1936, p 307), cited six portraits of which five are described here; the sixth, a half-length in armour then belonging to the Royal Horse Guards, was probably similar to the portrait now at Antony House.

c.1640
Unattributed painting, perhaps by a Dutch artist, three-quarter length standing, wearing black gown, left hand on sword hilt, right hand on hip. Ditchingham Hall in 1956, from the Nuneham Park sale, Christie’s, 11 June 1948, lot 194 (Catalogue of Pictures belonging to Lord Harcourt at Nuneham Park, 1806, p 9 as by Walker; E. W. Harcourt ed., The Harcourt Papers, III, p 225, no.42 as by Walker); exh. Art Treasures, Manchester, 1857 BPG 211 as ‘Walker?’.

c.1645
Painting by Pieter Nason, half length, inscribed and bearing the de Vere arms. Lord Wakehurst in 1967.

c.1655-60
Painting by Gilbert Soest, half-length wearing armour, a red sash round his waist and a black string bow over a prominent white lace cravat. Dulwich Picture Gallery, 573, from Raynham (illus. J. Ingamells, Dulwich Picture Gallery Collections, I, British, 2008, p 183 as ‘called Aubrey de Vere’).

before 1659
Painting by Peter Lely, three-quarter length standing in buff coat and corslet, his first wife Anne (c.1637-59) seated by him; inscribed Earl & Countess of Oxford. London art market 1998, from Little Grimsby Hall (the 8th Duke of St Albans m. 1799 Janetta Nelthorpe of Little Grimsby Hall).

c.1665
Unattributed painting, half-length wearing armour, long lace cravat and Garter ribbon. Antony (National Trust).

c.1690
Painting called Maria Verelst, whole-length standing in Garter robes, right hand on hip (listed in 1747 as by ‘Miss Verelst’, but Maria Verlest was b. 1680, implying a posthumous portrait). Welbeck (R. W. Goulding, Catalogue of Pictures belonging to ... the Duke of Portland ..., C. K. Adams ed., 1936, no.448; detail illus. A. Fea, Beauties of the Seventeenth century, 1906, f.p.216).

Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 4941.

Doubtful Portrait
c.1665

Drawing by Peter Lely, as a Knight of the Garter, exh. Sir Peter Lely , NPG, 1978, no.105 from a priv. coll., Netherlands.


This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.