Wells, Somerset ? c. 1590 - 1665 London
PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, gold frame, with black enamel reverse, black and white enameled scroll surmount;
signed with the artist's initials and dated lower right: 1649. / IH.
65 by 54 mm.
Skin tones probably a little faded but a portrait of extraordinary presence. The gold border in the sky area has been over painted with blue. Whether this was by the artist or a later adjustment is uncertain. There is very minor loss of the black dress at 5 o'clock near the margin. There are firing irregularities on the back of the enamel.
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Walter Horace Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882-1948);
sale, London, Christie's, 27 March 1984, lot 297