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    Sale 7398

    The Gordon Collection of Portrait Miniatures

    20 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    Nicholas Hilliard (British, 1547-1619)

    A young lady aged 16, probably a member of the Strangways family, in black dress edged with brown and black ribbon, brown and black rosette worn at corsage, the sleeves and bodice slashed to reveal brown, white standing lace collar, white gauze scarf worn around her neck decorated with two yellow flowers and tucked into dress at corsage, white lace cuff, jewels worn around left wrist, gem-set gold ring worn on her right thumb, pearl necklace with several strands, pearl and diamond-set enamelled gold pendant depicting a sea-monster suspended from her left sleeve, with three drop-pearls, flowers in her upswept fair hair; blue background

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    Nicholas Hilliard (British, 1547-1619)
    A young lady aged 16, probably a member of the Strangways family, in black dress edged with brown and black ribbon, brown and black rosette worn at corsage, the sleeves and bodice slashed to reveal brown, white standing lace collar, white gauze scarf worn around her neck decorated with two yellow flowers and tucked into dress at corsage, white lace cuff, jewels worn around left wrist, gem-set gold ring worn on her right thumb, pearl necklace with several strands, pearl and diamond-set enamelled gold pendant depicting a sea-monster suspended from her left sleeve, with three drop-pearls, flowers in her upswept fair hair; blue background
    inscribed and dated 'Ano Dni : ·1605 Espoier me comforte · Ætatis suæ · 16 ·'
    on vellum laid down on playing card
    oval, 2 3/16 in. (55 mm.) high, translucent blue guilloché enamelled gold frame with white enamel border


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    The motto 'Espoier me comforte' is associated with both the Strangways and Tilney families. Philip Tilney of Shelley, Suffolk (1540/1-1601/2) had only one son, Charles Tilney (1561-1586) who was hanged, drawn and quartered for High Treason as a Member of the Babington Conspiracy. No sisters or children feature in the printed pedigree.
    The motto appeared on the Standard of Sir Giles Strangways of Melbury, Dorset (1486-1546). His great-grandson, John Strangways of Melbury Dorset (d.1593), married Dorothy (d.1592), daughter of Sir John Thynne of Longleat. They had three sons, two of whom died without issue, and three daughters: Dorothy, Grace and Anne, and it has been suggested that the present miniature depicts the youngest of the three daughters, Anne. There is no record of the dates of birth of the sisters and no other daughters of Sir Giles Strangways and his wife Dorothy are noted on the Strangways pedigree recorded at the 1623 Heralds' Visitation of Dorset (College of Arms Ms: IC22/136-137). Grace's eldest son John Chamberlayne was born in 1608 or 1609 when the present sitter would have been aged twenty. The date of Grace's marriage to Edmund Chamerlayne of Maugersbury is not known, neither is her age. Had she married at the age of eighteen it is possible that Grace is the daughter depicted in the miniature, however it is more probable that Anne is the sitter. Anne married George Norton of Abbots Leigh, Somerset.
    We are grateful to Thomas Woodcock and Janet Grant for their assistance in the Tilney Strangways research.

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    Provenance

    The Duke of Beaufort; Christie's, London, 13 December 1983, lot 87.