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SOLD....Portrait of Dorothy Coventry, Lady Pakington c.1650: attributed to Theodore Russell.
Oil on canvas in period carved and giltwood frame.

Unusually for a portrait of this age the canvas has never been lined and is supported by the original stretchers held together by handmade iron clout nails.

The sitter, traditionally known as Lady Pakington, looks confidentally at the viewer, her hair, pearls and silk clothing the last word in fashion at the time.

DOROTHY COVENTRY (1623-1679) was the daughter of Sir Thomas Coventry and Elizabeth Aldersley. Sir Thomas was Keeper of the Great Seal and a Privy Counsellor.
Dorothy married Sir John Pakington of Westwood, Worcestershire. This magnificent country house remained in the family from the time of Henry VIII intill 1906. (see image 5).
Sir John was imprisoned in the Tower of London by Parliament for his Royalist convictions; he was fined the colossal sum of £5000 and had his estate confiscated and his Buckinghamshire house was demolished.
Undeterred, on his release, he fought in the Battle of Worcester in 1651 where he was captured and fined again...this time £7670.
After the Restoration he became MP for worcestershire.

Like her husband, a fervent Royalist, Dorothy shared in the circulation of religious and philosophical manuscripts around the King's chaplain Henry Hammond. She was thought by her contempories to be the authoress of "The Whole Duty of Man".

("The Whole Duty of Man" is an English Protestant devotional work, first published anonymously, with an introduction by Henry Hammond, in 1658. It was both popular and influential for two centuries, in the Anglican tradition it helped to define.
The consensus view of modern scholars is that the likely author was Richard Allestree, but at the time of publication (towards the end of the Interregnum) the Royalist High Church tradition it represents was a politically dangerous position. The authorship was well concealed.)

Lady Pakington is buried in the church at Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire, her memorial is inscribed at the foot of a monument to her husband.

THEODORE RUSSELL (1614-1689)
Aliases: Theodore Rousel; Theodore Rousseel; Theodore Roussel; Theodore Russel.
Born in London, his father, Nicasius, was a goldsmith and jeweller, who left Bruges for England about 1573 and settled in the parish of St Anne, Blackfriars, London; his second wife, Theodore’s mother, was the sister of Cornelis Jonson van Ceulen.
The Russells were connected with the Gheeraerts, de Critz and Oliver families. Theodore’s son, Anthony Russell, who provided George Vertue with information concerning 17th-century artists, stated that Theodore had studied under Jonson and van Dyck, had been employed by such patrons as the 3rd Earl of Essex and the 1st Earl of Holland, and ‘was a lover of ease & his Bottle’.

SIZE: 21 x 18 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: English private collection for many years.
VERSO:old ink inscription: 'Lady Pakington, daughter of the Lord Keeper Coventry, Authoress of the Whole Duty of Man'
Ref: 8637
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SOLD....Portrait of Dr. William Bell c.1812; Scottish School.
Oil on canvas laid on board in gilt frame.

This superb portrait is of Dr. WILLIAM BELL, almost certainly painted on his graduation in 1812.
Bell was born on 15 March 1792 in Bedrule, Roxburghshire. He was the son of William Bell and Markie Minto. William Bell was baptised on 25 March 1792 at Bedrule, Roxburghshire.
He graduated in 1812 from Edinburgh M.D. He entered military service as a Hospital Mate for General Service 24 August 1812, promoted Assistant Surgeon 56th (or the West Essex) Regiment of Foot, 4 Mar 1813; 40th (or the 2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot 20 Sept. 1827; Surgeon 26th (or the Cameronian) Regiment of Foot 15 Mar 1831: Staff Surgeon 1st Class 7 June 1844; Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals 12 Mar 1852; Inspector General 7 Dec 1858. Granted local rank of Inspector General 18 Sept. 1857 to 6 Dec. 1858.

"Dr. Bell's services extended over a period of 47 years. He served in Holland during the campaign of 1814; and was at both attacks of Merxem and at the bombardment of Antwerp; he was surgeon of the 26th. (or the Cameronian) Regiment of Foot throughout the war in China in 1840 to 1842, and was present on every occasion on which the Regiment was engaged. (Medal and clasp.){ see Image 5}. He served also during many years in Mauritius, India, Canada and Nova Scotia, and died leaving a widow and five children dependent chiefly on their Pensions."

The first Opium War took place 4th July 1840 - 17th August 1842. Three battalions of British infantry (18th, 26th and 49th Foot) were sent from India and Ceylon and were supported by a detachment of Artillery.

The force arrived off Macao on the 21st June and, a week later, entered Chusan harbour and began a blockade of which the Chinese took little notice. Sickness developed in the British force on an appalling scale. The 26th Foot which had arrived 900 strong had no more than 140 fit men by the end of 1840, and of a force originally numbering 3,000, 450 had died and 500 were in hospital.

In January 1840 an amphibious attack was made up river towards Canton. The forts defending that city were taken but protracted negotiations for an armistice delayed operations. The Chinese then counter attacked in April, as a result of which the British force staged a full scale attack on Canton itself. Canton was defended by 45,000 Chinese troops, but the 3,500 soldiers, marines, and seamen under General Gough routed the Chinese and captured the city.

William Bell married Zébée Stewart Gordon, daughter of Maj. Gen. Alexander Gordon R.E. and Zébée Anne Rose Touzi, on 22 October 1850 in St. George's Church, Montreal, Canada, the service was conducted by the Rev. William Bond.
Dr. Bell retired on half pay on 31 December 1858; he wrote a number of published articles.
In 1860, his address was Jedburgh, Scotland. He died on 4 November 1862 suddenly at Boundary Bank, Jedburgh, at the age of 70; at half past four in the afternoon, and was buried on 8 November 1862 in the Old Churchyard, Ancrum. (see Images 7 & 8).

William and Zebedee had five children:-
Zébée Minto Bell b. 17 Jul 1851, d. 21 Jun 1928
Amy Gordon Bell b. 10 May 1855, d. 25 Dec 1931
Helen Symonds Dobree Bell b. 6 Sep 1856, d. 27 May 1947
William George Gordon Bell b. 28 Feb 1860, d. 4 Jul 1888
Rose Annie Stewart Bell b. 29 May 1862, d. 23 Apr 1942

Image 6 shows Menslaw House, owned by the Bells until 1860.

The above information on Dr. Bell came from the website 'Sewall or Sewell of Coventry' by John Rees.

SIZE:30 x 26 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE:* by family descent.
*Deceased estate in Exeter.

IMPORTANT NOTE...IMAGE 5 SHOWS DR. BELL'S 1842 CHINA WAR MEDAL WITH CLASP AND A MINIATURE OF SAME, NOW MOUNTED IN A GLAZED FRAME. THESE RARE ITEMS ARE NOT INCLUDED WITH THE PAINTING BUT ARE SHOWN FOR INTEREST ONLY.
Ref: 8710
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SOLD....Portrait of Eleanor Preston c.1700; Studio or Circle of James Maubert
Oil on canvas in carved and giltwood frame.

This enchanting portrait is decorated with Maubert's trademark flowers and distinctive flowing drapery. The sitter's fine complexion, her delicate wrists and elegantly posed hands are expertly portrayed to accentuate her elegance.
She holds flowers in her right hand, jasmine for amiability of character and the red rose for love.

JAMES MAUBERT (1666-1746)was much praised by contemporaries not only for his ''skilfull, well dispos''d & natural'' reproductions of ''fruits, flowers and draperies'' but for his ability to ''Paint from the life''(1).
The son of French Huguenots, Maubert is said to have been born in Dublin. Although he studied under Gaspar Smitz, his stylistic traits demonstrate the influence of Kneller and Dahl. During his life the artist produced an impressive series of paintings of poets, each ''mightily'' adorned ''with flowers & Hony suckles ''(2).
He is best known for his portraits of women and children.


(1) The Walpole Society, ''Vertue Notebooks'', vol. III pg.28.
(2) Ibid. vol. IV pg. 120.

SIZE: canvas 39 x 32.5 inches.
PROVENANCE: English Private Collection.
Verso: 1920's Pickford's storage label for Atkinson.
Label : 'E. Preston'
Ref: 8689
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Brodie Stewart, Mrs. Westmacott c.1819; by Thomas Phillips R.A.
Oil on canvas in ornate 19th c. frame.

This charming portrait of Elizabeth Stewart (Stuart) was painted in 1819 when she was 32 and married to Henry Westmacott. They were married on the 1st of May 1810 in St. George's, Hanover Square, London. Their union produced nine children.

Elizabeth was born on the 1st of October 1787 in Montrose, Scotland. Her father, Thomas, was the Town Clerk of Montrose and her mother, Elizabeth Guise had been born in Gibraltar in 1755.

Henry Westmacott was born on the 13th of October 1784 in Hanover Square, London. The Westmacott family were leading sculptors of funerary monuments in the 18th and 19th centuries and also specialised in carved chimney pieces and other forms of architectural sculpture.
Henry produced work at a young age, carving a marble monument to Henry Roberts at Swanscombe, Kent in 1796 when he was 12.
Thereafter he produced nearly 50 church monuments. Between 1806 and 1810 he did work in connection with John Flaxman's marble monument to Horatio, Admiral Viscount Nelson at St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
Henry died in 1861 aged 77.

The National Portrait Gallery has Thomas Phillip's sitter's book in which this portrait and that of her brother Captain Stewart are included (also on this website).

THOMAS PHILLIPS R.A. (1770-1845) was a leading English portrait painter. He painted many of the important and wealthy of the day including scientists, artists, writers, poets and explorers.
He was elected ARA 1804, RA in 1808, becoming Royal Academy Professor of Painting in 1825.
Phillips was a contemporary of Lawrence and offered a more subdued style based on his study of Old Masters. "His best works are full of character and show him to be in the top rank of portrait painters" (The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920.)

SIZE: 40.5 x 35.75 inches inc. frame
30 x 25 inches canvas size.
PROVENANCE: By family descent.
Deceased Estate, Dorset.
VERSO: Three handwritten labels including one tracing Elizabeth's descendants to the present day.

Ref: 8629
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Felton, Lady Hervey, c.1705; by Michael Dahl
Oil on canvas in period carved and giltwood frame.

The sitter in this portrait has traditionally been identified as “Lady Hervey”. It seems most likely that the sitter is Elizabeth Felton, second wife of John, 1st Earl of Bristol, whom Dahl is known to have painted through an engraving by John Simon (National Portrait Gallery).
The similarities in likeness between the engraving and the present picture are compelling.

ELIZABETH FELTON (1676-1741) was the daughter of Sir Thomas Felton, 4th Bt. and Lady Elizabeth Howard. Her home was Playford Hall, Suffolk (see image 5) and her father was Master of the Household to Queen Anne.
She married John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, son of Sir Thomas Hervey and Isabella May, on 25 July 1695 at Boxted Hall, Suffolk, England.
She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Caroline. As a result of her marriage, Elizabeth Felton became Baroness Hervey of Ickworth on 23 March 1702/3, then Countess of Bristol on 19 October 1714.
Elizabeth was noted for her vivacity and love of pleasure and of play.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a close friend, wrote that "the Countess has come out a new creature... is grown young, blooming, coquette and gallant, and to show she is fully sensible of the errors of her past life, and resolved to make up for time misspent, she has two lovers at a time."
She had 17 children of whom 10 died very young.

She died on 1 May 1741 at St. James's Park, St. James's, London, England. She was buried at Ickworth, Suffolk, England.

MICHAEL DAHL (1659-1743) was born in Stockholm; after studying in Paris, Rome and Frankfurt he settled in London in 1689. He soon became the best patronised portrait painter in England after Kneller. He was much employed at the Court painting many portraits; a great patron of the 1690s was the Duke of Somerset, for whom he painted the series of portraits of Court ladies known as the 'Petworth Beauties'.

His style is extremely close to Kneller but his interpretation of character is less brash and more human. He has a quieter but somehow more understanding appeal to character which relies on its own integrity to make its impact; his works are of a real distinction.
This painting is a fine example of Dahl's sensitive portraiture and is of considerable charm.
It is illustrated on thePeerage.com in the entry on Lady Hervey.

SIZE:36.5 x 31.5 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE:
*Sir David Erskine Bt. (1792-1841) of Cambo, Fife. Inscribed on the canvas verso.
*With Philip Mould (Historical Portraits), Mayfair, London.
NOTE:The Erskine Baronetcy, of Cambo in the County of Fife, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 27 August 1821 for David Erskine. He was the natural grandson of Thomas Erskine, 9th Earl of Kellie.
Ref: 8613
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Moyra Goff 1902, by Mary Lemon Waller.
Oil on canvas in carved and giltwood Lely style frame.

This beautiful portrait of Moyra Goff, aged 5, has immense charm and is of great quality, possibly the most appealing portrait painted by the talented child portraitist Mary Lemon Waller.
Signed and dated 1902 bottom right.
Moyra's clothes are of late Georgian style and in the presentation of the sitter a clear acknowledgement is made to the famous 18th c. artist Sir Joshua Reynold's portraits of children.

ELIZABETH MOYRA GOFF (1897-1990) was the daughter of Major T.C.E. Goff and Lady Cecile Goff; she had a brother, Thomas Robert Charles Goff O.B.E. (born 1898). The Goffs were descended from William the Conqueror and King William IV was Moyra's great-grandfather on the Goff side: Lady Cecile's maiden name was Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby of the family of the Earls of Ancaster.
Lady Cecile wrote a book 'A Woman of the Tudor Age' about her ancestress Catherine Willoughby Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (1519-1580). The Goff's home was an early Georgian house, The Courts, Holt, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire; now a National Trust property famous for its garden.
A fine garden was first laid out by the architect Colonel Sir George Hastings in the early 1900s; this scheme was elaborated on by Lady Cecile 20 years later, after WW I. It was she who paved the paths and terraces with ancient slabs collected when Devizes gaol was demolished. Her daughter Moyra planted the arboretum in 1952 in an area that had previously been pasture.
Major Goff had given The Courts to The National Trust in 1943; he died in 1949. Moyra was the life tenant until her death in 1990. She continued driving her treasured AC Cobra even when she was in her eighties...Moyra in her open two seater, immensely powerful and loud with a 7.5 litre V8 engine, were a familiar sight (and sound!) in Holt. (The last photograph shows The Courts nowadays).

MARY LEMON WALLER (1851-1931), painting from 1871 to 1916, nee Fowler; member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Born Bideford, daughter of Rev. Hugh Fowler. Studied at Gloucester Art School and Royal Academy Schools. She specialised in portraits of children. Her maiden name was Mary Lemon Fowler and she painted under this name before marrying Samuel Edmund Waller, the genre and animal painter.
Before marriage she is recorded as living in Gloucester. She later moved to 26, Circus Road, St. John’s Wood and it was during this time she probably met her husband. Later in 1881 they are both recorded as living at 58, Circus Road. She was made a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1925 and exhibited sixty works there.

EXHIBITED:- 1877-1929 60 Royal Society of Portrait Painters 46 Royal Academy 13 Society of Women Artists 11 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 5 Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2 Dudley Gallery and New Gallery 2 Grosvenor Gallery 1 Manchester City Art Gallery 1 Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1 Royal Scottish Academy

SIZE: 52.5 x 40.75 inches inc. frame. Verso: handwritten 'Estimate for Major Goff of Holt'. Old label, 'Geo.W. Rodney. Carver, Gilder & Picture Frame Maker. Picture Cleaned, Lined & Restored. 1652, Campden Hill Road.'

PROVENANCE: Major and Lady Cecile Goff of The Courts; by descent to Elizabeth Moyra Goff; by gift to Moyra's god-daughter.







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Ref: 8529
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Seymour, Duchess of Somerset (?) c.1710: Circle of Dahl.
Oil on canvas in late 19th/early 20th c. giltwood frame of appropriate type.

The sitter is thought to be the Duchess of Somerset; c.f. the 1710 full length by Michael Dahl sold by Christie's 5-6 September 1985 Lot 708, from Castle Howard. Illustrated on page 260 of the National Portrait Gallery publication 'Later Stuart Portraits' by John Ingamells.

ElLIZABETH, Duchess of Somerset (26 January 1667 – 24 November 1722), a major heiress, was born Lady Elizabeth Percy, the only surviving child of the 11th Earl of Northumberland and deemed Baroness Percy in her own right. She carried the earldom of Northumberland to her son Algernon. Lady Elizabeth was one of the closest personal friends of Queen Anne.

Marriages:-
She married firstly, Henry Cavendish, Earl of Ogle, the heir of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle on 27 March 1679, but he died the following year.

She married secondly, Thomas Thynne, "Tom of Ten Thousand" due to his great wealth, a relative of the 1st Viscount Weymouth, on 15 November 1681, but he was murdered the following February by Swedish Count Karl Johann von Königsmark using a gang after gossip said her marriage was unhappy and Königsmark began to pursue her.

Five months after the death of Thomas Thynne she married on 30 May 1682 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, known as "The Proud Duke", and so became Duchess of Somerset. She brought him immense estates, including Alnwick Castle, Petworth House, Syon House and Northumberland House in London.
She was Mistress of the Robes to Queen Anne from 1710 to 1714.

Lady Elizabeth had four children:
Algernon Seymour, 7th Duke of Somerset (11 November 1684 – 7 February 1749)
Lady Elizabeth Seymour (1685 – 2 April 1734)
Lady Catherine Seymour (1693 – 9 April 1731)
Lady Anne Seymour (1709 – 27 November 1722)

MICHAEL DAHL (1659 - 1743).
Dahl was a painter of exceptional talent and regarded as the only really serious rival to Sir Godfrey Kneller, for royal patronage, during the years 1690-1714. Dahl's patterns were undoubtedly indebted to the fashion set by Kneller, but Dahl had a lighter palette, his brushwork applied in shorter and more careful strokes.
His self portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and he is famed for having painted a series of wonderful female portraits for the Duke of Somerset, now at Petworth House, and known as the Petworth Beauties.
Dahl's portraits of members of the royal family hang at Kensington Palace and Windsor and other examples of his work can be found at the Tate and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

SIZE: 57 x 48 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE:
* Private Collection, Sussex.
* Collection of a Fellow of a Cambridge college.

Ref: 8712
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth Thorold, later Lady Widdrington; Circle of Sir Peter Lely.
17th century oil on canvas in a superb quality 18th century carved and giltwood frame; this is a work of art in its own right, the decoration exquisitely carved from wood.

The sitter holds a sprig of jasmine, which also comes through the stone aperture to her left; in the language of flowers white jasmine signifies an amiable nature and is famous for its heady, intoxicating scent.

Elizabeth Thorold (pronounced 'Thurrald') was the daughter of Sir Anthony Thorold of Marston and Blankney, High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1617 and his wife Elizabeth Molyneux of Haughton, Nottinghamshire.
The Thorolds were an ancient family of considerable standing with large estates. The Thorold Baronetcy of Marston was created on 24 August 1642 for William Thorold who fought for the Royalist cause in the Civil War.

As sole heir of Sir Anthony, Elizabeth was extremely wealthy and a very desirable marriage prospect.
She married Sir William Widdrington, 1st Baron Widdrington, and bore him eight children.

SIR PETER LELY (1618 - 1680) was the most important portraitist in the reign of Charles ll, although he had painted portraits throughout the Commonwealth. Principal Painter to the King, he painted everyone of importance, maintaining a busy and active Studio to help with the huge demand for his portraits. Members of his Circle, many of them talented artists in their own right, emulated his style to supply this constant market.

SIZE: 47.5 x 38 inches canvas.
57.5 x 48 inches inc. frame
PROVENANCE:
by descent in the Thorold family to John Thorold.
Removed from Syston Hall, nr. Grantham (demolished in 1923), one of the seats of the Thorolds.
VERSO: Old handwritten label - "Sir P. Lely, Painter.
Elizabeth Thorold, First Lady Widdrington. No. 3 Gallery".
A further inscription is on a gilt plaque attached to the frame: "Elizabeth Thorold daughter of Sir Anthony Thorold Knt. of Marston and Blankney. High Sheriff of Lincolnshire 1617; by Sir Peter Lely"
Ref: 8451a
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SOLD....Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Narborough, later Lady Shovell, c.1678, by Simon Pietersz. Verelst
Oil on canvas in black and gilt ogee frame.

This portrait of Lady Narborough is absolutely typical of Verelst's work. One of five artists of the same family, Simon Pietersz. was best known as a hugely successful flower painter, only occasionally painting portraits.
Always using the same stylised technique, his sitters have a rather doll-like quality; perhaps his best known portrait is of the famous actress and courtesan Nell Gwynn, who was a chief patron.

ELIZABETH, LADY NARBOROUGH, later Lady Shovell, (1658-1732). Born Elizabeth Hill, daughter of John Hilll, Commissioner of the Navy, she married Rear Admiral Sir John Narborough, 1st Baronet RN (c. 1640 – 1688). He was an English naval commander who served with distinction during the Anglo-Dutch Wars and against the Barbary Coast pirates. They had two sons, Sir John Narborough, 2nd Baronet, and James Narborough who both entered naval careers and died, aged 23 and 22, in the sinking of HMS Association in 1707.

After her husband's death Elizabeth married, in March 1697, Sir Cloudesley Shovell , who had served under Narborough. They had two daughters.
Rear Admiral Shovell was a fine officer, but is now remembered mainly for the terrible tragedy of October 1707. His flagship, the Association, with Romney and Eagle, were swept onto the Bishop and Clerk rocks off the Scilly Isles, by strong westerly winds, and wrecked.
The weather was not good and the fleet had not been able to get good readings for their position and for this reason, Shovell thought they were further eastward than they actually were.
Of the 1315 men in these three ships, there was only one survivor, the Quartermaster of the Romney.
It is said the the Admiral was still alive when he reached shore, but was murdered by a local woman who smothered him in the sand, as he lay semi-conscious on the beach. A large emerald ring which he wore was missing when his body was discovered and it is assumed that it was for possession of this that he was murdered.

SIMON PIETERSZ. VERELST (1644-c.1721). Born at The Hague where his father was a portrait painter. He joined the Guild of St.Luke in 1666. He came to England in 1669 and was the first of his family to do so. Already known as a flower painter, he was encouraged by the Duke of Buckingham to paint portraits.
He became eccentric and conceited and took to calling himself the 'God of Flowers' and 'King of Painters'. Eventually he went completely mad and died in London between 1710 and c.1721.

SIZE: 35 x 30 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: : Hinwick House, Bedfordshire.
(Image 4 shows Hinwick House.)
VERSO: old label for the noted company "Chapman Bros (Chelsea) Ltd. Picture Restorers, carvers, Gilders. 341 King's road, Chelsea. No.740."
Ref: 8577
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SOLD....Portrait of Frances Lambert, Lady Middleton c.1690; Attributed Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Oil on canvas in modern gilt frame.

A good quality portrait of the Court beauty Frances, Lady Middleton (c.1666-1694).
A smaller version of this portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery Primary Collection (NPG 1761a. Given by Lord Weardale 1915).

Frances Lambert was the daughter of John Lambert of Calton Hall, Calton, Yorkshire; she was the Lambert heiress, grand-daughter of Major-General John Lambert, the famous Civil War general. Frances was named after her grandmother.
She married Sir John Middleton, 2nd Baronet, of Belsay Castle, Northumberland and thus the Lambert estates passed to the Middletons.

Frances wears an 'undress' robe with no jewellery; she is depicted standing in a landscape and holds a rod which is probably a shepherd's crook. The reference is to the mythical realm of Arcady or Arcadia; a fashionable conceit of the time..a land where Love ruled and attractive young people wandered around a tamed landscape tending their perfectly groomed sheep... when they weren't writing poetry or playing flutes.
Almost every lady of fashion was depicted as a shepherdess during this period.

SIR GODFREY KNELLER (1646-1723) was the most distinguished painter of baroque portraits in England.
Born in Lubeck, he trained with Bol and Rembrandt, coming to London in 1676.
By 1679 he had painted the King and remained the most famous and successful portrait painter in England until his death.
In 1688 he was made Principal Painter to the King and was knighted in 1692 and a made a baronet in 1715.
His style had a profound influence on British portraiture and a large number of artists, some very talented in their own right, emulated his fashionable style.

SIZE: 42 x 35.5 inches inc. frame

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, Nottinghamshire.
Ref: 8461
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