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English School, late 16th Century

Portrait of a lady, thought to be Catherine Clifford, Lady Scrope (1513-1598), bust-length, in black with a bejewelled headdress and necklace

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English School, late 16th Century
Portrait of a lady, thought to be Catherine Clifford, Lady Scrope (1513-1598), bust-length, in black with a bejewelled headdress and necklace
inscribed 'Qui desiderium fuum clanfit cum Joue. de faelicitate contendet.' (upper left); and with erroneous identifying inscription 'Hellene Clifford. daughter to the Earle. of Comberland. and wife to. Henry: Lord Scroop.' (upper right)
oil on panel
22½ x 17 1/8 in. (57.2 x 43.5 cm.)
Provenance
The sitter and by descent to Lord Bolton.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Bolton; Christie's, London, 7 November 1980, lot 5.
Stanley Seeger, Sutton Place.
The Weiss Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

Catherine Clifford was the eldest daughter of Henry de Clifford, 1st Earl of Cumberland, and his second wife Margaret, daughter of Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland.
Catherine first married John, 8th Baron Scrope of Bolton, in about 1530. Lord Scrope was summoned to Parliament from 5th January 1533 to 5th January 1547 and was involved in the uprising of 1536/7 known as the 'Pilgrimage of Grace', led by Robert Aske. Catherine had five sons and four daughters by Lord Scrope. The eldest of these sons, Henry, succeeded to the title when Lord Scrope died in June 1549. Catherine went on to have four more sons and another daughter by her second husband, Sir Richard Cholmley. She died in 1598 and was buried at Whitby.

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