Master Paintings Part I

Master Paintings Part I

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Property of descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt II

Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of the Hon. Mrs. Lucy Loftus

Auction Closed

January 26, 05:50 PM GMT


200,000 - 300,000 USD

Lot Details


Property of descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt II

Sir Peter Lely

Soest 1618 - 1680 London

Portrait of the Hon. Mrs. Lucy Loftus

oil on canvas

canvas: 49¾ by 40 in.; 126.4 by 101.6 cm.

framed: 64 ¾ by 50 ¾ in.; 164.5 by 129 cm.

Adam Loftus (1647-1691), 1st Viscount Lisburne;
Thence by descent to his daughter, Lucy, Marchioness of Wharton (née Loftus), Upper Winchendon, Buckinghamshire, by 1691;
Thence by descent, to her son Philip, 1st Duke of Wharton;
By whom sold as part of the famous collection of portraits in the Wharton collection for £1,500 to Sir Robert Walpole, Houghton Hall, by 1725;
Thence by descent to the 4th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall;
By whom sold, London, Christie's, 10 July 1886, lot 212, for 415 guineas;
There acquired by Asher Wertheimer;
From whom acquired by Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899), New York City and Newport;
Thence by descent to his daughter, Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (1886-1965) (née Gladys Vanderbilt), Newport;
Thence by descent to her daughter, Countess Anthony Szapary (1918-1998) (née Sylvia Szechenyi), Newport;
Thence by descent in her estate to the present owners.

H. Walpole, Aedes Walpolianae, 1747, p. 46 (where erroneously identified as a portrait of Jenny Deering, as hanging over a door in the Common Parlour at Houghton Hall, together with its pendant);

J. Chambers, A General History of the County of Norfolk, intended to Convey all of the Information of a Norfolk Tour, vol. II, Norwich 1829, p. 523 (as of “Jenny Deering,” hanging over the door in the Common Parlour);

R. B. Beckett, Lely, London 1951, p. 51, cat. no. 51 (noted as “Probably in the Hermitage Gallery”);

O. Millar, “Philip, Lord Wharton, and His Collection of Portraits,” in Burlington Magazine 136, no. 1097 (August 1994), p. 522;

A. Moore and L. Dukelskaya, A Capital Collection, Houghton Hall and the Hermitage, New Haven and London 2002, p. 318, cat. no. 222;

C.J. Burns, From Medici to Bourbon: The Formulation of Taste and Evolution of a Vanderbilt Style, University of London, MA Thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art 2007, pp. 38-39 (incorrectly reproduced p. 80, fig. 14 with an image of its pendant);

T. Morel, A. Moore, J. Harris, L. Dukelskaya, Houghton Revisited: The Walpole Masterpieces from Catherine the Great's Hermitage, exhibition catalogue, London 2013, pp. 86, 110, 224, cat. no. 15, reproduced.


A. Browne, before 1680

C. Townley, 1787 (as a portrait of “Jenny Deering”)