The information from the auction house is available (someone posted it to the John Dee list earlier today):
ENGLISH SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
VANITAS PORTRAIT OF THE MEDIUM AND ALCHEMIST EDWARD KELLEY
seated full length at a table by a witch and her familiar (a cat), with inscription lower left Laski Magician on a globe and on the fore-edge of a book The Lyar's Regulator, distemper on nine elm (?) boards (hinged at the centre), arched top, c195 x 249cm, contemporary bolection moulded frame with loss
The medium extremely fragile with numerous areas of flaking/missing paint. Shrinkage crackS between the boards but entirely original and unrestored, areas of woodworm evident on the reverse, the boards with the original horizontal bracing bars (one incomplete), the original rusted iron butterfly hinges and two substantial forged rings for suspension, original and complete. This lot is to be moved solely at the purchaser's risk
Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 June at 10.30am
Sunday 9 12noon-5pm, Monday 10 10am-4pm, Tuesday 11 10am-2pm and mornings of Sale 8.30-10.30am
Curious that it is Laski's name on the painting. (Laski also had a long beard, fwiw.) The book pictured, "Lyar's Regulator," doesn't exist in any register I've looked in (though that may just mean its a book no one has a record of any more).
--- In email@example.com, "AaronL" <kheph777@...> wrote:
> Ah yes, I Facebooked this auction back when it happened. And, no, there is no further information about the piece than what you find on Nick's blog.
> Vencent Bridges posted a comment on that blog that is *very* worth reading. In it he gives more on the physical description of Kelley (and some on his personality) than I have ever seen anywhere.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "solsticewooddragon" <tmichelle57@> wrote:
> > http://networkedblogs.com/OqDi5
> > "It appears that the painting was made for a person who was working with Dee and Kelly's system. It was painted on the inside of a cupboard or meditation room. In the background there appears to be an image of someone summoning something while standing in a magic circle. In otherwords this is not about the alchemist Edward Kelly, but the magician."
> > Does anyone have any further information beyond what it says on Nick's blog?
> > LVX,
> > Terry