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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 44

    Circle of Charles Jervas (Dublin c. 1675-1739 London)

    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Katherine Douglas, née Hyde, Duchess of Queensberry (1701-1777), bust-length, in a blue dress and wrap, a book in her right hand, in a feigned oval

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    Circle of Charles Jervas (Dublin c. 1675-1739 London)
    Portrait of a lady traditionally identified as Katherine Douglas, née Hyde, Duchess of Queensberry (1701-1777), bust-length, in a blue dress and wrap, a book in her right hand, in a feigned oval
    oil on canvas
    14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm.)
    with inscription 'Lady Katherine Hyde, Duchess of Queensbury, and 2d. Daughter to Henry Earl of Clarendon' (on an old handwritten label attached to the stretcher)


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    The poet Matthew Prior (1664-1721) composed his well-known poem The Female Phaeton: upon Lady Kitty Hyde's First Appearing in Publick and in 1720 Katherine married her second cousin Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry and 2nd Duke of Dover (1698-1778). Guests at their London residence, Queensberry House, included Handel, Pope, Prior, the architect William Kent and the playwright John Gay. Katherine was most famously painted by Charles Jervas, dressed as a milk-maid (National Portrait Gallery, London). She died in 1777 due to an illness caused by a 'surfeit of cherries', according to Horace Walpole.

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