ASCRIBED TO ROWLAND LOCKEY (BRITISH, FL. C. 1551 - C. 1616)
ASCRIBED TO ROWLAND LOCKEY (BRITISH, FL. C. 1551 - C. 1616)

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ASCRIBED TO ROWLAND LOCKEY (BRITISH, FL. C. 1551 - C. 1616)
A lady traditionally called Lady Cobham, in embroidered black dress, white standing lace collar, pearl necklace, black hat, brown upswept hair; blue background with gold border
on vellum
oval, 2 in. (49 mm.) high, silver frame with spiral cresting
Provenance
Mrs P. B. K. Daingerfield of Baltimore Collection; (+) Sotheby's, London, 9 February 1961, lot 24 (as a Lady, called Lady Cobham, by Hilliard).
Edward Grosvenor Paine (1911-1989) Collection, New Orleans, La., inv. no. 186; Christie's, London, 20 March 1989, lot 161 (as Lady Cobham by Rowland Lockey).
With D. S. Lavender (Antiques) Ltd., in 2000 (as Anne, Wife of Sir Henry Cobham by Rowland Lockey).
Literature
R. Strong, The English Renaissance Miniature, London, 1983, illustrated p. 139 (as an Unknown Lady by Rowland Lockey) and p. 140.
Exhibited
London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Artists of the Tudor Court, 1983, no. 124 (as an Unknown Lady by Roland Lockey).

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Lot Essay

Taking the apparent age of the sitter and the date of execution of the present miniature into account, the sitter may be Anne Cobham née Sutton (d. c. 1612), who married firstly Walter Haddon (c. 1514-1571) without children, and secondly Sir Henry Cobham (1538-1591/2), by whom she had three children, or Frances Brooke, née Newton, Lady Cobham (after 1530-1592), who was one of 19 children of Sir John Newton (d. 1568) and his first wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Anthony Poyntz. She was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I, and one of her closest female friends, although she was also one of the most politically active noblewomen at that time, making known her views on the various marriage proposals made to the queen. In 1560, she married Sir William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham (1527-1597) as his second wife. They had seven children together and feature together with all of their children in the portrait 'William Brooke, 10th Lord Cobham and his family', 1567, in the Marquess of Bath's collection at Longleat House.
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