A Portrait of Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon (1572-1638), Studio of Michiel van Miereveldt (1566-1641).

Oil on panel, 67.3cm by 57.1cm.

Edward Cecil was the third son of Thomas, 1st Earl of Exeter (1542-1622) and his first wife Dorothy Neville.

He was a military and naval commander and a politician; raised to the peerage in 1625 as Baron Cecil of Putney and Viscount Wimbledon, a title taken from his country seat at Wimbledon House in Surrey.

Early in his career Michiel van Miereveldt painted only still lifes, but turning to portraiture, he became so successful, his work so sought after, that he was obliged to rely on a team of assistants to complete all of his commissions.

This is a version of a portrait by Miereveldt, signed and dated 1631, in the National Portrait Gallery, London.


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