Mercury seated holding a script which the young Cupid reads, Venus standing contraposto to dexter, wood and rock background, rectangular 24cm by 16cm, dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame.
‘The Education of Cupid’, painted by Correggio circa 1528, entered the collection of King Charles I in 1628 when he acquired the celebrated Gonzaga collection. It is now in the National Gallery, London.
Literature: D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, London, 1972, vol. 1., pl.VIII (colour.)
Provenance: Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, née Cecil, her will, proved 13th November 1690, (“A Picture of Venus and Mercury with a Cupid by Hoskins”), by whom given to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter.
Thence by descent.