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    Sale 5857

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 88

    Attributed to Henri Gascar (Paris c.1635-1701 Rome)

    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Sophia Bulkeley, neé Stewart (d.1657), bust-length, in a pink dress with gold embroidery

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    Attributed to Henri Gascar (Paris c.1635-1701 Rome)
    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Sophia Bulkeley, neé Stewart (d.1657), bust-length, in a pink dress with gold embroidery
    with inscription 'Mlle Buckle [sic.]/Soeur de la/Duchese de/Richmond' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    18 x 13¾ in. (45.7 x 34.9 cm.)


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    Sophia Bulkeley, neé Stewart, was the younger daughter of Walter Stewart (d. 1657), a physician and M.P. for Monmouth, and the third son of Walter Stuart or Stewart, first Lord Blantyre (d. 1617). Samuel Pepys remarked that she was 'very handsome' when seeing her walking with her sister, the celebrated beauty Frances Stewart (1647-1702), in St James's Park (Diary August 30th 1668). In 1671 she was appointed a maid of honour to Queen Catherine, and in 1673 she married Henry Bulkeley (c.1641-1698), master of the household to Charles II and James II, M.P. for Anglesey and Beaumaris, and brother of the royalist officer Richard Bulkeley (d. 1650).

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    Provenance

    French Private Collection.
    with Historical Portraits, London, from whom purchased by the present owner.