London 1593 - 1661 Utrecht
Portrait of a lady, possibly Anne Darell, wife of Thomas Berkeley of Spetchley, half-length
signed, centre right: Cornelius Jonson / van Ceulen; and inscribed on an old label attached to the stretcher, verso: A Portrait of Anne daughter of / William Darrell Sqr / of Scotney Co. Sussex...
oil on canvas
76.5 by 63.5cm.; 30 by 25in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is slightly dirty and the varnish is discoloured and uneven. Discoloured retouching is visible scattered throughout the sitter’s face, neck, lace collar and white wrap. Other retouchings are also visible to the naked eye in the background. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the old, milky varnish but confirms the aforementioned retouchings and further reveals some lines of strengthening around the sitter’s hair and sides of her face. In overall fair condition.
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With Leggatt, London, 1925;
Walter de Zoete, Esq. (d. 1934), Layer Breton Lodge, Colchester, and Blenheim House, North Berwick;
By whose Executors sold, Christie's, 5 April 1935, lot 91, for £22 to Collings.
Inventory, 1949, in the Drawing Room