A Portrait of a Child thought to be Lady Georgianna Cecil, Circle of Wybrand de Geest (1592-1661).

Oil on panel, 87.5cm by 62cm. Inscribed u.r: AETATIS 2¼ /Ao 1617.

Georgianna was the only child of Thomas, 1st Earl of Exeter (1542-1622) and his second wife, Frances Brydges.

A note in the hand of Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) records: ‘Sophia Anna Cecil, who dyed very young was daughter to Thos. Earl of Exeter, the first of that name, by Frances Bridges, daughter of William, Lord Chandos, painted by Corn’. Jansen.’

A second note, also in the 9th Earl’s hand reads: ‘Anne of Denmark, Queen to King James I was Godmother to this little lady when christened at Wimbleton near London, the 30th of July 1616 being the first child she answer’d for after Her arrival in England.’

Despite this, there is now less certainty as to the identity of the child.

The artist, from Friesland in the north west Netherlands, was the most important portrait painter of the area and painted many portraits of well-to-do citizens of his day.


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