8 June 2006
Circle of John Theodore Heins (c.1697-1756)
Portrait of an Earl, traditionally identified as the Earl of Orford, half-length, in peers' robes, feigned oval; and Portrait of a Countess, traditionally identified as the Countess of Orford, in peeress's robes, a coronet on a ledge beyond, feigned oval
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.); 30¼ x 25 1/8 in. (76.7 x 64.4 cm.)
in fine contemporary carved and gilded frames with flowered and acanthus-scrolled ribbon guilloche pattern, with sunflowered cartouches at centres and corners
a pair (2)
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The traditional identification of the sitters, which would seem to be that they are the 2nd Earl of Orford and his wife, Margaret, does not appear conclusive on the basis of comparisons with other portraits of the sitters.
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