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The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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Nicholas Dixon
FL. 1665 - 1708
PORTRAIT OF MRS HOWELL, CIRCA 1675
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, mounted on a playing card, gilt-metal frame with scroll surmount, the reverse inscribed in an old hand: Mrs Howell / grandmother of / Col Sotheby;
signed with the artist's monogram lower right: ND
71 by 57 mm.
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Provenance

James Sotheby (1655-1720),
by descent until,
sale, 'The Sotheby Heirlooms', London, Sotheby's, 11 October 1955, lot 41;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 November 1982, lot 49

Exhibited

London (Young Women's Christian Association), 1932, no. 72  

Literature

Heath, 1905, pp. 132, 136-137, pl. XIII

Catalogue Note

The identification of the sitter as Mrs Howell derives from an old inscription on the reverse of the frame. Mrs Howell was the daughter of Sir Nicholas and Lady Crisp and the mother of Anne Robinson, who married James Sotheby. 

In later times, the portrait was identified as depicting Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth. The sitter's features do not correspond with those of accepted portraits of the Duchess.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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London