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Gortzius Geldorp (Louvain 1553-1618 Cologne) Portrait of Susan Hoste

three-quarter-length, in black costume with a white ruff and a lace cap, holding gloves and standing before a green curtain - inscribed and dated: 'ANNO.DO.1617/AETATIS.SVAE.18' (upper left) oil on canvas- 114.2 x 84.3cm (44 15/16 x 33 3/16in). Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000, €23,000 - 35,000

PROVENANCE: The Hoste family, Sandringham, Norfolk, until 1832
By descent to the Hoste Henley family, Leigh Court, near Chard, until the late 19th Century
By descent to Commander Richard Torbock R.N., Crossrigg Hall, Penrith
Crossrigg Hall sale, Penrith, Sotheby's, 13 September 1994, lot 325
With Rafael Valls, London
Where purchased by the present owner

The Hoste family (as their name was spelt after their arrival) came to England in the late 16th Century as Protestant refugees from the Duke of Alba's persecutions in the Low Countries.

Bonhams. Old Master Paintings, 8 Jul 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com

Commentaire: Another painting of Gortzius Geldorp was sold at Christie's London:

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Gortzius Geldorp Portrait of a girl in a black dress and white lace ruff holding a white rose. Oil on Panel, 22,9 x 19 in. / 58,2 x 48,2 cm. Christie's London: Friday, July 5, 1996