Cumberland ? 1615 - 1690 London
PORTRAIT OF A CHILD, CIRCA 1670
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, gilt-metal frame
49 by 40 mm.
The skin tones have faded resulting in loss in definition of facial features. Very small grime highlight at 5 o'clock margin.
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Possibly Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660-1744);
by family descent to the Earls Spencer, Althorp;
sale, London, Sotheby's, 24 November 1983, lot 382
London, 1889, p. 94, case XXXII, no. 73 (lent by Earl Spencer);
London, 1974, no. 185 (lent by Earl Spencer)