The Education of Cupid, by John Hoskins (1590-1665), after Correggio, circa 1640.

Rectangular in a dark-stained fruitwood veneer frame, 24cm by 16cm.

The Education of Cupid, painted by Correggio (1489-1534) 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.

The miniature of the painting was part of a massive bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689) to her daughter, Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703), which is recorded in an inventory known as the 1690 Deed of Gift or Devonshire Schedule. It lists: ‘A Picture of Venus and Mercury with a Cupid by Hoskins.’


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