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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1064336: Portrait Of A Lady, Abigail Countess Of Kinnoull Signed & Dated By Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723), Oil On Canvas Painting

Portrait Of A Lady, Abigail Countess Of Kinnoull Signed & Dated By Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723), Oil On Canvas Painting

£17,250    $22,476    €20,524
This elegant and beautiful portrait depicts Abigail Hay, Lady Dupplin, Countess of Kinnoull; it is an excellent example of English portraiture from the first quarter of the seventeenth century. Signed by Godfrey Kneller and (indistinctly) dated, the work is beautifully composed, with the sitter three-quarter length and seated on a porch beside a crown on a ledge. She is wearing peeress’s robes - a scarlet ermine trimmed robe and a luxurious silver dress with gold thread. It is the archetypal example of portrait what the titled class in England wanted; the format was reproduced many times by Kneller and his contemporaries and these portraits lined the walls of many great halls in stately manors throughout the Britain.
 
Born Lady Abigail Harley, she was the youngest daughter of Robert Harley, 1st earl of Oxford, (1661-1724), chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord Treasurer to Queen Anne, and Elizabeth Foley (died 1691).
 
On 11th August 1709 she married George Henry Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoull (1689-1758), styled as Viscount Dupplin from 1709 to 1719. Her husband had come under the wing of her father, whose position was equal to that of prime minister. This led to Hay’s seat in the Commons and ultimately his peerage. After her marriage she was styled as Lady Abigail Dupplin and from 5th January 1719, Countess of Kinnoull. The couple had four sons and six daughters between 1710 and 1723.
 
Lady Abigail seems to have inspired the affection of those who knew her. One visitor described her as ‘the fine lady who is mistress of it, at the head of her family of most delicate children.”’ Lady Abigail’s letters show her to be a fond and caring parent.
 
Dupplin House was too far from the centre of political life and shortly after their first child Thomas was born in 1710, the couple left on a house-hunting expedition to London. The baby was entrusted to a family friend who received frequent letters from Abigail, inquiring after Thomas’s health: “I’m extremely glad to ...
Antique #SA1064336, showcased on this page, originates from the 18th century. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
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