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    Sale 5858

    Old Masters & 19th Century Works of Art

    10 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 63

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London)

    Portrait of Lucy Pelham-Holles, Countess of Lincoln (d. 1736), three-quarter-length, in riding habit, in a landscape

    Price Realised  

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London)
    Portrait of Lucy Pelham-Holles, Countess of Lincoln (d. 1736), three-quarter-length, in riding habit, in a landscape
    signed and dated 'GKneller· f. 1722' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    50½ x 40½ in. (128.3 x 102.9 cm.)


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    The sitter was the daughter of Thomas Pelham, 1st Baron Pelham of Laughton (d. 1712), and sister of Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Line. She married in May 1717 Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln (1684-1728), who served as Paymaster of the Forces (1715-27), Constable of the Tower of London (1723-5) and Cofferer of the Household (1725-8). Their eldest son, George Clinton, 8th Earl, died as a child and was succeeded by his younger brother, Henry Clinton, 9th Earl, who also served as Cofferer of the Household, as well as Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

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    Provenance

    By descent in the sitter's family to John Nicholas Pelham, 9th Earl of Chichester, Stanmer Park, Sussex, (sold by order of the Trustees); Christie's, London, 14 February 1969, lot 27 (170 gns. to Eyles).
    Anonymous sale: Christie's, London 20 June 1969, lot 2 (140 gns. to the husband of the present owner).


    Literature

    J. Douglas Stewart, Sir Godfrey Kneller and the English Baroque Portrait, Oxford, 1983, p. 115, no. 437.