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    Sale 12307

    Old Master and British Paintings

    2 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 122

    Attributed to John Giles Eccardt (Germany ?-1779 London)

    Portrait of a lady, possibly Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), half-length, in a white gown and ermine-lined mantle, reading from Lewis Theobald’s 'The Works of Shakespeare'

    Estimate

    Attributed to John Giles Eccardt (Germany ?-1779 London)
    Portrait of a lady, possibly Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), half-length, in a white gown and ermine-lined mantle, reading from Lewis Theobald’s 'The Works of Shakespeare'
    oil on canvas
    30 1/8 x 26 7/8 in. (76.5 x 62.9 cm.)


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    The sitter here may show Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, famed for her literary achievements and for pioneering the vaccination of smallpox in this country. Lady Montagu, whose other known portraits closely resemble the sitter in question, was involved in courtly and intellectual society in the eighteenth century, famously falling out with Alexander Pope and being the only female contributor to The Spectator. She was a member of the 'Shakespeare Ladies Club' during the 1730s and is listed as a subscriber to Lewis Theobald's edition of The Works of Shakespeare, published 1733-34 - which is here held in the sitter's hands. The portrait may alternatively show Lady De La Warr, a patron of Lewis Theobald and close friend of Lady Montagu.