portrait of lady penelope herbert c1640 studio or circle of van dyck

Portrait of Lady Penelope Herbert c.1640; Studio or Circle of van Dyck.



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Oil on canvas in a magnificent and rare Sunderland, or auricular, frame.
This superb portrait is a period copy of van Dyck's lost original and was with the Dukes of Hamilton for centuries, and latterly in a Private Collection for the last 76 years.
LADY PENELOPE HERBERT, nee Naunton, later Countess of Pembroke. (1620-1647) In 1634 Penelope had married had married Paul, 2nd Viscount Bayning, who died aged 22 in 1638. Penelope, a year alter, married Philip, Lord Herbert, later Viscount Montgomery and Earl of Pembroke.
The Pembroke family were among van Dyck's most important patrons.
Penelope sat for van Dyck on a number of occasions, including for the original of this portrait, which is recorded in an engraving of it by Pierre Lombard for the 'Countesses' series of c.1660. A further version is at Burghley House, painted by Joan Carlisle (1606-1679).
This pose, three quarter length, turning to the viewer, is a characteristic pose employed by Rubens and van Dyck. The elegant hand gesture, as the sitter lightly touches a gauze scarf, features in a number of van Dyck's female portraits.
* Probably James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Hamilton Palace, before 1643, and thence by descent until their sale, Christie's, Hamilton Palace, 17 June 1882, lot 1085 bt. Duncan for 73 10s)
*Collection of Christopher Beckett Dennison, Grosvenor Street, London
*His sale, Christie's, London, 13 June 1885, lot 899
*Private Collection, UK, since 1942.
Hamilton Palace Inventory, circa 1643, no. 294, as 'One peice (sp) of the Lady Herbert to the knees with a scarfe flying over her shouldier (sp), a coppy (sp) after Sr Anthony'.
VERSO: Old inventory label; Hamilton Palace no. 11.
SIZE: including frame: 59 x 48 inches.
Canvas size: 49 x 39.5 inches. (124.8 x 97.7 cm)
Internal Ref: 9056


Height = 124 cm (49")
Width = 97 cm (38")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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