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Portrait of a Bearded Man in Black

Attributed to Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, The Hague, active by 1533–died 1575 Lyons)

Oil on wood
6 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (17.1 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
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  • Gallery Label

    In the eighteenth century this exceptionally well-preserved panel probably belonged to Horace Walpole, who believed it to be by Holbein.

  • Catalogue Entry


  • Provenance

    Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedford (until d. 1892; his estate sale, Christie's, London, July 2, 1892, no. 58, as "Portrait of a Chief Magistrate of Amsterdam, in black dress and cap," by Holbein, for 130 gns. to Johnson); Charles T. Yerkes, Chicago and New York (by 1893–d. 1905; cat., 1893, no 29, as by Holbein; his estate, 1905–10; his estate sale, American Art Galleries, New York, April 7, 1910, no. 90, as by Holbein, for $5,000 to Pratt); George D. Pratt, Glen Cove, N.Y. (1910–d. 1935; life interest to his widow, Vera Amherst Hale Pratt, 1935–d. 1978)

  • References

    Introduction by James Snyder in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Renaissance in the North. New York, 1987, p. 146, ill. (color), states that the portrait was once in the collection of Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill, where it was ascribed to Holbein

    Anne Dubois de Groër. Corneille de La Haye dit Corneille de Lyon. Paris, 1996, pp. 148, 150, no. 38, ill., notes that this panel is slightly larger than many works of Corneille or his workshop, observing that over the years he became more flexible and willing to "risk" the production of works in a larger format.

  • Notes

    In the catalogue of the Yerkes sale (1910), this painting was listed as coming from the collection of Horace Walpole at Strawberry Hill. However, in the catalogue of the Magniac sale (1892), no provenance is given for it, although many other works in this sale are described as from Strawberry Hill. It is possible that our picture was no. 40 in the Strawberry Hill sale (Robins, Strawberry Hill, May 17, 1842), "A Portrait of a Man in a black dress, of the time of Henry VIII, an undoubted painting by Holbein," sold to Brown for £11.11.0.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History