5281Re: [DrJohnDee] Re: Painting of Ed Kelly turns up at auction
- Aug 26, 2013Some more on that painting. It may not be Kelley at all according to the auctioneer's description.:
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
And on the will Bar Saule states that his wife Katherine was the daughter of Anthony Ashley who was a baronet and Elizabeth's one time Secretary of War. The will was witnessed by Adrian Gilbert. I am reading it in its original handwriting which will take me some time to decipher.
john souttarOn 26 August 2013 12:28, solsticewooddragon <tmichelle57@...> wrote:
I see that Aaron Leitch has blogged on it now, also.
If the painting takes even some of its redition of Kelly's appearanec on local
knowledge, it would be worthwhie to look again at who among Kelly's later
acquaintances was from Warwickshire. Parkins/Perkins (the one who made the "fat
and merry" comment) wasn't from there, though curiously he did (1601) serve on
some sort of committee for Lord Burghley that concerned the painters/stainers
Antiquary Henry Ferrers, the sort who might have collected such things, was from
Warwickshire. The most famous person from Warwickshire, of course, was
Shakespeare, though he seemed to have a habit of leaving nothing behind. :)
Written descriptions of Kelly have existed for a long time--
Wilding quotes several of them in the article that's in the files section here for
instance, and Bridges condenses those in the paragraphs posted on the two blog sites-- but before now the descriptions just didn't match up at all to any
known drawing. They do match up with this one better than with the engraving
used by Casaubon. I hope something more about the painting's provenance comes
--- In DrJohnDee@yahoogroups.com, "solsticewooddragon" <tmichelle57@...> wrote:
> "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?
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