Elizabethan 'Cuckold' Portrait Realises £400,000

October 4 2023

Image of Elizabethan 'Cuckold' Portrait Realises £400,000

Picture: Drewaetts

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from the auction house Drewaetts this morning that the following Elizabethan portrait realised a substantial £400,000 hammer over its £10,000 - 15,000 estimate in the Robert Kime (Day 1) sale. Although this is a particularly beautiful and evocative image, which has been interpreted as depicting the son of or of a cuckhold (read the catalogue note for more), this is quite an impressive price for a portrait of its kind, not to mention of an unknown sitter by an unknown artist.*

* Maybe there are plans afoot to identify both in due course!

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