Wells, Somerset ? c. 1590 - 1665 London
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS LADY ANNE FANSHAWE (1625-1680)
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gold and silver on vellum, mounted on a playing card, gilt-metal frame;
signed with the artist's initials and dated: 1657 / IH.
65 by 54 mm.
There is a small loss of paint below her true right eye, otherwise surface generally good. Silver detailing of the embroidery has oxidised to black - as is to be expected. There is a tiny fleck on her forehead.
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Samuel Addington (d. 1886);
C.H.T. Hawkins, London;
sale, London, Christie's, 13 May 1904, lot 893;
Edward M. Hodgkins, London;
with Duveen Brothers, London, by 1912;
Baron Hans Reitzes von Marienwert (d. 1935), Vienna, by 1924;
Greta Shield Heckett (d. 1976), Pitssburgh, PA;
her executor's sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1977, lot 157;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 March 1983, lot 28
Brussels, 1912, no. 212 (lent by Duveen Brothers);
Vienna, 1924, no. 457 (lent by Hans Freiherr Reitzes von Marienwert);
Pittsburgh, 1954, no. 31, pl. XII
Foster, 1914-1916, supplementary volume, p. 130, no. 73, p. 181;
Schidlof, 1964, vol. I, p. 389;
Sotheby Parke Bernet, 1977, p. 274 illust.