With Hotspur Gallery, Richmond, London 1943; With Peter Wengraf, The Arcade Gallery, London, by 1947; From whom purchased in 1948 by the late husband of the present owner.
London, Arcade Gallery, Elizabethan Portraits, 19 March – 19 April 1947, no. 17.
The sitter wears an impressive necklace formed of spherical and egg-shaped links, which are possibly made out of crystal. Those that are egg-shaped may be hollow, and would possibly have contained pomanders or aromatic substances to scent foul air and protect against infections. She also wears black jet bead bracelets, worn to emphasise the desirable whiteness of the lady's skin by contrast. Her embroidered waistcoat is depicted accurately with triangular gores around the waistline, but the large pattern repeat of red foliage in her skirt, underneath a very fine linen or silk, is possibly fictional.
The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish is thick and discoloured. Retouching is visible to the naked eye in the right-hand side of the sitter's face, proper right eye, ear, part of her collar, and in the background lower right. The varnish fluoresces opaquely under ultraviolet light making it virtually impossible to discern any further intervention, although there do appear to be small areas of retouching scattered throughout her dress, in the glass beads of her necklace and to her hands. Offered in a carved painted and gilt wood frame with oak leaf and acorn carvings with some losses. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."