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ANTIQUE NUMBER SA1065746: 17th Century Portrait Of Frances Lady Whitmore; Circle Of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Antique Oil On Canvas Painting

17th Century Portrait Of Frances Lady Whitmore; Circle Of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Antique Oil On Canvas Painting

£15,650    $20,389    €18,620
This exquisite portrait, painted during the seventeenth century, depicts Frances Brooke, Lady Whitmore, three-quarter length and seated in a woodland - it is an excellent example of English Baroque portraiture. The work was in the collection of Lieutenant-Colonel Godfrey Fitzhugh who was a descendant of the sitter at his magnificent family mansion, Plas Power Hall in Wales, and is held in an outstanding carved giltwood frame with undulating sprays of bay leaves & berries, oak leaves and acorns, with roses, interrupted by acanthus leaf corners – an exquisite work of art in itself.
 
The sitter was born Frances, Lady Brooke, a daughter of Sir William Brooke. She was known as a great beauty at the Restoration court. The beautiful Brooke sisters, Frances and Elizabeth, were brought to London and taken to Court at an early age by their uncle Digby, Earl of Bristol in hope that one or both would capture the attention of the versatile Charles. Our sitter, Frances, escaped the temptations of the Court by espousing Sir Thomas Whitmore of Bridgnorth (c.1642-1682) sometime before 1665 and the couple had three daughters, one of whom (Frances) was also a great beauty and married Sir Richard Myddelton 3rd Baronet of Chirk Castle. Sir Thomas died in 1682 and was buried at St. Pauls Cathedral, London. Lady Whitmore later married Mathew Harvey, Esquire of Twickenham (c.1639-1693); his uncle was the great physician who discovered the secret of the circulation of blood. Lady Frances died 15 May 1690 and was buried at Twickenham.
 
The inspiration for this portrait was a painting which forms part of a series of eleven portraits known as The Windsor Beauties painted by Sir Peter Lely and his workshop early to mid-1660s. The series depict important ladies of the court of King Charles II – courtesans, nobility, and one Maid of Honour. Originally commissioned, or assembled, by Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, they were transferred to Hampton Court before 1835 where they were still ...
Antique #SA1065746, showcased on this page, originates from the 17th century. For historical context, the timeline below highlights the period when it was made:
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