Possibly the painting referred to in a letter by Charles I, writing to Colonel Whalley in 1647, asking that one of the pictures at Whitehall, which was not his, 'My Lady Stannops Picture', should be sent to Carew Raleigh (Reliquae Sacrae Carolinae, The Hague, 1651, pp. 206-7).
John, 1st Duke of Marlborough, d. 1722 (B.L., Add. MSS 9125, vol. XLVIII, f. 5V: 'An Ovall Head of my Lady Chesterfeild by Vandike'), thence by descent at Blenheim Palace to the 8th Duke of Marlborough; Christie's, London, 31 July 1886, lot 229, bt. Brooking.
with Knoedler, New York.
Miss Mary Hanna, by whom sold in 1929 to
Mrs. Eugene Atwood, New York and by descent to the present owners.
PROPERTY FROM A FAMILY COLLECTION
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