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Lady Margaret Buckhurst (d. 1591), in black dress with white ruff and lace cuffs, wearing long pearl necklace of several strands, long gem-set collar, gem-set black band in her auburn hair
inscribed by the artist on the reverse, 'Margaret, wife of Robert 2nd Earl of Dorset'
on ivory
rectangular, 3 15/16 x 3¼ in. (100 x 83 mm.), gold frame with glazed reverse
Sackville Bale Collection.
John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) Collection, New York;
Christie's, London, 24 June 1935, lot 352 (8 gns to Frank Partridge).
Christie's, London, 8 July 1987, lot 267.
G. C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures, the property of J. Pierpont Morgan, London, 1906, II, p. 22, no. 208
G. C. Williamson, 'Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan's Pictures, The English Miniatures. III', in The Connoisseur, March 1907, vol. XVII, no. LXVII, p. 143, illustrated fig. XLIII.
G. C. Williamson, The Life and Works of Ozias Humphrey, London New York, 1917, p. 302, illustrated opp. p. 192
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Lot Essay

Lady Margaret (d. 1591), daughter of Thomas Duke of Norfolk, and the mother of Edward and Richard Sackville, was the first wife of Robert Sackville. As she died in 1591 before her husband received earldom, she never reached the dignity of Countess of Dorset.
The present miniature is based on a larger painting once at Knole, the current whereabouts of which are unknown.

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