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Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of Letitia, later Lady Russell (c. 1645–1721), three-quarter-length, seated in a landscape, wearing a brown dress and a blue cloak, holding a garland of leaves

Property of the Marquess of Downshire

Sir Peter Lely

Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of Letitia, later Lady Russell (c. 1645–1721), three-quarter-length, seated in a landscape, wearing a brown dress and a blue cloak, holding a garland of leaves

Portrait of Letitia, later Lady Russell (c. 1645–1721), three-quarter-length, seated in a landscape, wearing a brown dress and a blue cloak, holding a garland of leaves

Property of the Marquess of Downshire

Sir Peter Lely

Soest 1618 - 1680 London

Portrait of Letitia, later Lady Russell (c. 1645–1721), three-quarter-length, seated in a landscape, wearing a brown dress and a blue cloak, holding a garland of leaves


inscribed lower right: Letitia Lady Russel

oil on canvas

unframed: 125.5 x 102 cm.; 49½ x 40¼ in.

framed: 147.5 x 123.5 cm.; 58 x 48⅞ in.

The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is relatively dirty with a yellowed, matt and uneven varnish. There are a handful of small scratches in the paint surface, along the centre of the right margin and in the lower left corner. Old, discoloured retouchings are visible through the background and more sparsely scattered in her drapery. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms the aforementioned retouchings and further reveals more concentrated areas along the upper centre; in the tree trunk; and a few concentrated bands in the orange part of her drapery. Her flesh tones appear largely untouched save for a few fine retouchings along the network of craquelure in the right side of her hair, and very small retouchings in her proper right brow and eyelid. The painting would benefit from cleaning and is in overall good condition. 


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In the family collection of the Marquess of Downshire for three generations.
The present portrait depicts Letitia Russell, daughter of the Hon. Edward Russell, second son of the 4th Earl of Bedford. Her first husband was Colonel Thomas Cheke (1628–1688) with whom she had two children. Following his death, she married in 1690 her cousin the Hon. Robert Russell, who was styled Lord Russell from 1694.

We are grateful to Diana Dethloff and David Taylor for endorsing the identification of the sitter as Lady Letitia Russell (c. 1645–1721) on the basis of digital images.