London 1584 - 1647
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, CIRCA 1620
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, laid on a five of spades playing card, ebonized wood frame
86 by 63 mm.
Skin colours a little faded. Slightly curious discolouration on forehead. Slight marking on ruff right edge.
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S. Reynolds Solly, by 1862;
Henry Reynolds Solly;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 27 June 1940, lot 37;
sale, London, Christie's, 5 July 1977, lot 302;
sale, London, Phillips, 12 December 1984, lot 399;
with Edwin Bucher, Trogen
London, 1862, no. 2609
While the face is highly worked up, the ruff is only suggested in basic form. This combined with the surprisingly unembellished dress suggests that this work is unfinished. Unusually, the miniature is backed onto a 'spade' suit playing card, which has been enriched with two small pencil sketches; a sword springing from the central printed spade, and a half-length profile of a lady to the right.