20 - 22 April 1998
Circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
Portrait of Mary Compton, Countess of Dorset (1669-1691), three-quarter-length, in a brown dress and ermine-lined cloak, by a partly-opened sash window
oil on canvas
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)
in a contemporary carved and gilded frame
Probably bought by William, 2nd Baron Bolton (1782-1850), Hackwood Park, Basingstoke, Hampshire, and by descent to
William, 5th Baron Bolton (1869-1944), by whom sold to
William, 1st Viscount Camrose (1879-1954), and by descent.
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The sitter was the daughter of James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton (1622-1681). She married, in 1685, Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (b. 1637).
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