Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)

Portrait of Margaret Lemon (c. 1614-1645), half-length, in a grey silk dress and a white pearl necklace, with roses and other flowers in her hair

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Circle of Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
Portrait of Margaret Lemon (c. 1614-1645), half-length, in a grey silk dress and a white pearl necklace, with roses and other flowers in her hair
oil on canvas
30 1/8 x 24 7/8 in. (76.5 x 63.2 cm.)
Provenance
(Probably) Gell family, Hopton Hall, Derbyshire, and by descent at Hopton to,
Philip Gell (1775-1842), and by descent to his daughter,
Isabella, wife of William Pole Thornhill, until 1863, when Hopton was inherited, under the terms of her father's will, by,
Henry Chandos-Pole-Gell (1829-1902), Radburne Hall, Derby, and by descent to his grandson,
Lt. Col. John Chandos-Pole (1909-1993) , Newnham Hall, Daventry, and by descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

The sitter in this portrait, Margaret Lemon, has long been thought to be van Dyck's mistress. Described by Wenceslaus Hollar as a dangerous woman, given to peaks of tremendous jealousy (see J. Urzidill, Wenceslaus Hollar. A Czech Emigre in England, London, 1942, p. 47), she sat to van Dyck on more than one occasion. This composition relates to the picture in a private collection (see S. Barnes, N. de Poorter, O. Millar, H. Vey, Van Dyck. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, 2002, p. 551, IV.156), which is most likely cut from a larger canvas. In a version at Longleat, the composition is extended to the left to include her left hand, as in the present lot, in which she holds a sword.

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