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Circle of Pieter Borsselaer (fl.?1644-1687)

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Circle of Pieter Borsselaer (fl.?1644-1687)

Portrait of Lady Mary Bruce, three-quarter-length, seated, wearing a brown dress, by a draped curtain

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Circle of Pieter Borsselaer (fl.?1644-1687) Portrait of Lady Mary Bruce, three-quarter-length, seated, wearing a brown dress, by a draped curtain with extensive later inscription on an earlier lining canvas (attached to the reverse) oil on canvas 50 x 40½ in. (127 x 102.9 cm.) in a contemporary carved and gilded Sunderland frame, with a modern slip
Provenance
By inheritance through the sitter's daughter, Anne, who married Sir George Preston, 4th Bt., of Valleyfield, Kircudbright, to Sir Robert Preston, Bt.
Purchased by Alexander Maconochie-Welwood, Lord Meadowbank (one of Lady Mary Bruce's descendants, according to old inscription on reverse).
with Hennell Ltd., London, 1988.
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The sitter was the eldest daughter and heiress of Alexander Bruce, 2nd Earl of Kincardine (d.1681), and his wife Veronica, daughter of Corneille van Arson van Sommelsdyck, Lord of Sommelsdyck and Spyck in Holland. Lady Mary Bruce married William Cochrane of Ochiltree on 19 April 1681. Their daughter Anne married Sir George Preston, 4th Bt., and the picture remained at the Preston seat of Valleyfield House, Kircudbright, until the death of Sir Robert Preston. Patrick Nasmyth painted views of Valleyfield for Sir Robert Preston, circa 1805
(see J. Harris, The Artist and the Country House, London, 1979, no.387).

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