Castle Howard pictures on the block

March 30 2015

Image of Castle Howard pictures on the block

Picture: Castle Howard

The trustees of Castle Howard have consigned up to £10m worth of art to Sotheby's for sale. Among the pictures is the above 'Studio of Holbein' portrait of the portly and aged Henry VIII, in which he is seen holding a staff. It has an upper estimate of £1.2m. 

There's also a Bernardo Bellotto on offer. I would link to the Sotheby's press release, but there's some sort of tedious registration form for access to that.

More here in The Guardian. I didn't know that there were now two Howard brothers in charge of the house. Apparently they live in seperate wings. 

Update - here is the full Sotheby's press release.

Update II - a reader writes:

A big house with increasingly little to see in it.  What after the dispersals at the start of the 20th century, in the 1940s – including Boston’s superb Canaletto – and, relatively recently, the Guercino and Bernini to Edinburgh and the great Gentileschi painted for The Queen’s House now on loan to the National Gallery.

Also, I wonder if the Castle Howard trust will try and claim these sales at 0% Capital Gains Tax, following their victory against the UK government over a similar case

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