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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 57

    John Vanderbank (London 1694-1739)

    Portrait of Katherine (d.1766), Countess of Rockingham, later Countess Guilford, three-quarter-length, in a black bejewelled dress with lace sleeves and an ostrich plumed headdress, by a red curtain, a landscape beyond

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    John Vanderbank (London 1694-1739)
    Portrait of Katherine (d.1766), Countess of Rockingham, later Countess Guilford, three-quarter-length, in a black bejewelled dress with lace sleeves and an ostrich plumed headdress, by a red curtain, a landscape beyond
    signed 'J Vanderbank' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    49 x 37 in. (124.5 x 94 cm.)


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    The sitter, née Furnese, firstly married Lewis Watson, 2nd Earl of Rockingham (c.1717-1745), and secondly Francis, 7th Lord North and 3rd Lord Guilford, later 1st Earl of Guilford, in 1751 as his third wife. Francis' first wife, Lady Lucy Montagu, died in 1743 (see lot 56) and his second wife Elizabeth, Viscountess Lewisham, died in 1745 (see lot 59).

    Katherine was also painted full-length, by John Baptiste van Loo in 1738 and as Diana, attributed to George Knapton (both paintings are at Rockingham Castle). In 1740 she was painted full-length by Alan Ramsay (The City Art Gallery, Bristol).

    Vanderbank trained in Kneller's academy in Great Queen Street and was one of the co-founders of the St Martin's Lane academy in 1720, later attended by Hogarth, Highmore and Seymour. Inspired by the work of Rubens and van Dyck, Vanderbank became an accomplished portrait artist. Among his most successful portraits is a full-length of Queen Caroline, painted in 1736 (Goodwood House, Chichester, Sussex).

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Guilford, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE (LOTS 46-68)