Lot 185
  • 185

Circle of Robert Peake the Elder

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Circle of Robert Peake the Elder
  • Portrait of a lady, said to be Mary Queen of Scots (1542–87)
  • oil on panel, in a painted oval


Possibly acquired by George Keith Elphinstone, Viscount Keith (1746–1823) to hang at Tullialan Castle, Perthshire;
Margaret, Baroness Keith and Nairne (1788–1867), his daughter and wife of Auguste Count de Flahault de la Billardrie;
Emily, Baroness Nairne, her daughter, who married Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne in 1843; 
By descent until sold, London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2011, lot 142, where acquired by the current owner.

Catalogue Note

This beautiful portrait dates from circa 1619. According to old labels on the reverse, it hung at Tullialan Castle in Perthshire, built in c. 1812–20 by Admiral Lord Keith. His granddaughter Emily married Henry, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne and the portrait was subsequently moved to their Scottish seat, Meikleour House, which was remodelled by Bryce in 1870. The thoughtful and contemplative pose of the sitter recalls the popular Elizabethan and Jacobean fashion for melancholy, sometimes referred to as Penseroso.