11 June 1999
English School, 1615
Portrait of Sarah Jones, wife of Thomas Jones, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, three-quarter-length, in a red dress with lace collar and cuffs and elaborate jewellery, holding a book
inscribed and dated 'ANo.DNI.1615. AETATIS. SVAE 41.' (upper right) and with coat-of-arms (upper left)
oil on panel
35 x 26 in. (90.2 x 66.1 cm.)
by descent in the the sitter's family to Sir Thomas Jones, of Stanley Hall, and by inheritance to his cousin Thomas Tyrwhitt, 1st. Bt., and by descent to Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners, Faringdon House, Berkshire, and by inheritance to the present vendor.
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M. Girouard, Faringdon House, Berkshire, II, Country Life, CXXXIX, 19 May 1966, p. 1247, illustrated in fig.3 (in the small drawing room).
The sitter was the daughter of Richard Bavand, of Chester (Mayor of that city in 1581) and his wife Jane, third and youngest daughter of Randulphe Bannvile, of Chester. She married Thomas Jones, of Shrewsbury, the first Lord Mayor of Shrewsbury (for whom see the previous lot). It has been suggested that in this portrait she may be attired in the costume of the wife of a Lord Mayor. The jewellery that she is wearing certainly identifies her as a woman of considerable social status.
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