A Young Boy, called Master Cecil, by John Hoskins, circa 1640.

Half length in profile to sinister, playing castanets, with short brown hair, wearing a brown doublet and a lace-edged lawn collar, lake-coloured cuffs, shaded background, oval 6.2cm, rectangular dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame.

The miniature appears in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule which records an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter: ‘a picture of a Boy playing on Castinetts by Hoskins’.


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