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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Studio of Sir Peter Lely
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, WEARING A SILVER DRESS, SEATED BESIDE AN URN AND BEFORE A RED CURTAIN
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT
154

THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Studio of Sir Peter Lely
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, WEARING A SILVER DRESS, SEATED BESIDE AN URN AND BEFORE A RED CURTAIN
Estimate
10,00015,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Studio of Sir Peter Lely
SOEST 1618 - 1680 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THREE-QUARTER-LENGTH, WEARING A SILVER DRESS, SEATED BESIDE AN URN AND BEFORE A RED CURTAIN

Catalogue Note

A version of the painting in the collection of the Duke of Portland, which carries an inscription: 'Eliz.th Cavendishe, 1.st / Daughter to Henry Duke / of Newcastle Married to / Christopher Monk 2.d / Duke of Albemarle.'1 Elizabeth Cavendish, Duchess of Albemarle, known for most of her life as 'the Mad Duchess', was born in 1654, however, and since this portrait would appear to date to the 1660s, she cannot be identified with this sitter.

This pose and setting, with the urn, was reused by Lely and his studio in numerous portraits, including that in the Italian Embassy, London, identified as Mary Butler, and another sold London, Sotheby's, 14 March 1990, lot 32, as portrait of Mary Bagot, Countess of Middlesex and Dorset.

1 See C. Fairfax Murray, Catalogue of the pictures belonging to His Grace the Duke of Portland, at Welbeck Abbey, and in London, London 1894, p. 34, cat. no. 123, reproduced.

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