David Des GrangesThe Saltonstall Family c.1636-7

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David Des Granges (1611 or 13‑?1675)
The Saltonstall Family
Date c.1636-7
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2140 x 2762 mm frame: 2483 x 3095 x 85 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust 1976
Not on display


it was in the collection of the Earls of Guildford. It was among the items sold from Wroxton Abbey, Oxfordshire on 22-24 May 1933 (lot 718, as 'Members of the Saltonstall Family').

It has traditionally been attributed to David des Granges, who is otherwise known as a painter of portrait miniatures, although a handful of half-length paintings by him have also been noted. Des Granges came of an immigrant family from Guernsey and was baptised in 1611 at the French Church in London; as an adult he lived and worked in the Covent Garden area. He was employed as a miniaturist by Charles I (reigned 1625-49). During the English Civil War and subsequent Commonwealth period (1642-60) he took the royalist side and produced many miniatures of the future Charles II (reigned 1660-85)… (read more)

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