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.

Provenance: Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, nee Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690 (‘a picture of a Boy playing on Castinetts by Hoskins’), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter.

Thence by descent.

REFERENCE: MIN0024

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