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Sir Anthony Mildmay, Knight of Apethorpe, Northamptonshire

Sir Anthony Mildmay, Knight of Apethorpe, Northamptonshire

c. 1590–93
Location: not on view

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A little dog gazes adoringly at Mildmay who was by all accounts a very arrogant man.

Description

Framed by the folds of a circular tent, Sir Anthony Mildmay strikes a relaxed and confident pose, with his right hand resting on a cloth-covered table and his left grasping the hilt of his thin, double-edged sword called a rapier. Helmet, gauntlet, and leg coverings are scattered about, as if Mildmay has been interrupted in the act of putting on or taking off his armor. Despite its small scale, this portrait reveals Nicholas Hilliard’s emulation of (and rivalry with) life-size court portraiture, while his meticulous attention to detail and use of costly materials like shell gold reflect the refined world of courtly tournaments.
  • 1590/9 ?-1617
    Sir Anthony Mildmay, Knight of Apethorpe [c. 1549-1617] Northants, England by descent to his daughter, Mary, Countess of Westmoreland (née Mildmay)
    1617-1640
    Mary, Countess of Westmoreland [1593?-1640] Northhamshire, England, by descent to her son, Sir Francis Fane
    1640-1681
    Sir Frances Fane [1611-1681], Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, England by descent to his son Sir Francis Fane
    1681-1691
    Sir Francis Fane [d. 1691], Henbury, Gloucestershire, England by descent to his son Henry Fane
    1691-1726
    Henry Fane [1669-1726], Brympton, Yeovil, Somerset, England by descent to his son, Henry Fane
    1726-1777
    Henry Fane [1703-1777], Wormsley, Oxfordshire, England by descent to his daughter, Mary Stapelton (née Fane)
    1777-1835
    Mary Stapleton (née Fane) [c.1744-1835], Oxfordshire) by descent to her grandson, Rev. Hon. Sir Francis Jarvis Stapleton
    1835-1874
    Rev. Hon. Sir Francis Jarvis Stapleton [1807-1874], 7th Bt. Mereworth Rectory, Kent, England by descent to his son, Richard Talbot Plantagenet Stapleton
    1874-1899
    Richard Talbot Plantagenet Stapleton [1834-1899], Grey’s Court, Oxfordshire, England by descent to his son, Sir Miles Talbot Stapleton
    1899-1926
    Sir Miles Stapleton, Bart of Greys, [1893-1977], Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom consigned to Christie's London for sale
    1926
    (Christie’s, London, United Kingdom, May 11, 1926, lot 79 sold to S.J. Phillips for 510 gns.)
    1926
    (S.J. Phillips, London, United Kingdom, sold to Durlacher Brothers)
    1926
    (Durlacher Brothers, New York, NY sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    1926-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Cleveland Museum of Art. Catalogue of Paintings.Pt. 3. European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1974. Mentioned: p. 191-193, no. 79; Reproduced: p. 192, fig. 79
    Strong, Roy C. The English Renaissance Miniature. London, United Kingdom: Thames and Hudson, 1983. Reproduced: fig. 126
    Edmond, Mary. Hilliard and Oliver: The Lives and Works of Two Great Miniaturists. London, UK: R. Hale, 1983. Reproduced: p. 78
    Jones-Davies, Marie Thérèse. Le Roman de Chevalerie au Temps de la Renaissance. Paris: J. Touzot, 1987. Mentioned: p. 237
    Ashelford, Jane. Dress in the Age of Elizabeth I. London, United Kingdom: Batsford, 1988. Reproduced: p. 137, fig. 97
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