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circle of Peter Lely, ? Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Doddington Hall
Title(s)
? Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond
Date
? c.mid–1660s
Location
The Great Hall
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 243 cm, Overall width: 145 cm
Artist
circle of Peter Lely (1618-1680)
Catalogue Number
DN3
Inscription
  • Lettered bottom left 'MARY OF MODENA' and bottom right ‘LELY'

Description

The portrait is identified by an inscription on the canvas as Mary of Modena (1658–1718), second wife of James II. In the late nineteenth century, when it hung in the Long Gallery, Cole noted, ‘Mary of Modena, wife of James II. (?); a portrait of whom was at Seaton Delaval’. The portrait is not, however, of Mary of Modena. Rather, the sitter appears to resemble Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond (1647–1702), as is suggested by a comparison with Lely’s portrait of the same sitter in the Royal Collection.1 At some stage the portrait, which was three-quarter length, has been extended on all sides to form a full-length portrait, as with a number the portraits of the Hussey daughters by Kneller (DN1 and DN2).

by Martin Postle

Footnotes

  1. RCIN 404514.

    1

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