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    Sale 5857

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    Attributed to William Aikman (Tayside 1683-1731 London)

    Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Mary Campbell of Mamore, née Bellenden (c.1685-d.1736), wife of Colonel John Campbell of Mamore (c.1693-1770), later fourth Duke of Argyll, half-length, in an oyster satin dress with diamond clasp, in a feigned oval

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    Attributed to William Aikman (Tayside 1683-1731 London)
    Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Mary Campbell of Mamore, née Bellenden (c.1685-d.1736), wife of Colonel John Campbell of Mamore (c.1693-1770), later fourth Duke of Argyll, half-length, in an oyster satin dress with diamond clasp, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    30 x 25 in. (76.3 x 63.5 cm.)


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    Mary Bellenden was the third daughter of John Bellenden, 2nd Lord Bellenden (c.1660-1706), and Mary, Dowager Countess of Dalhousie (c.1669-1726). Famed for her beauty and high spirits, she featured in a number of poems and plays by Alexander Pope and John Gay, including Gay's 'Damon and Cupid' and 'Mr Pope's Welcome from Greece', and Pope's 'The Court Ballad'. Lord Hervey recalls Bellenden as 'the most likable woman of her time'. The Prince of Wales attempted to woo her, before she secretly married Colonel John Campbell of Mamore (c.1693-1770) in 1720.

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    Provenance

    David Roberts R.A. (1796-1864) (according to an old hand-written label on the reverse).


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of the late Brian Brolly
    Removed from Kitt's Quarry, Burford, Oxfordshire (lots 35, 37a, 44, 50, 52, 53)