COUNTY OFFALY, IRELAND 1675 - 1739 LONDON
PORTRAIT OF LADY MARY CHURCHILL, DUCHESS OF MONTAGU (1689–1751)
oil on canvas
127.4 x 102.5 cm.; 50 1/8 x 40 3/8 in.
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle (1785–1851), or Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle (1811–1864), Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire;
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 6th Duke of Newcastle (1834–1879), Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire;
Thence by descent to Henry Francis Hope Pelham-Clinton-Hope, Earl of Lincoln, later 8th Duke of Newcastle (1866–1941), Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire;
His sale, London, Christie's, 31 March 1939, lot 48, for £15–15s. to Agnew;
With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, by whom sold on 22 July 1947 for £60, and back with them again on 1 June 1951, when sold for £75;
Peter Tennant, Esq.;
By whom sold, Glasgow, Christie's, 19–20 November 1986, lot 488;
Bought by the present owners in Long Melford, England, in the 1990s.
London, South Kensington Museum, Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits, 1 May – 31 August 1867, no. 250 (as depicting Lady Mary Wortley Montagu);
Nottingham, Museum and Art Gallery, Pictures from the Clumber Collection, 1929, no. 37;
Nottingham, Museum and Art Gallery, 1933, on loan;
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of British Art c. 1000 – 1860, 6 January – 17 March 1934, no. 254.
Catalogue of pictures being part of the Clumber collection: the property of His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, 1872, p. 21, cat. no. 130 (listed in the Smoking Room, as depicting Lady Mary Wortley Montagu);
W.J. Hipkin, Descriptive catalogue of the pictures... belonging to His Grace the Duke of Newcastle at Clumber House, London 1923, p. 40, cat. no. 97;
J. Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, London 1977, vol. I, p. 191.