Late 17th.Century Portrait of Lady Blake
A very good 17th.Century portrait of Lady Blake in a giltwood frame A very good late 17th./early 18th.h Century Oil on Canvas Portrait of a Lady, inscribed verso “Lady Blake” in a giltwood frame. The style and composition of this portrait is strikingly similar to many of those painted by Sir Peter Lely, the Court Painter who followed on from Sir Anthony van Dyke. The sitter within an oval frame, the pearl necklace and the costume is all very much after Lely. Provenance: Tandridge Court, The Earl of Cottenham. This picture is one of three from Tandridge. The 8th Earl of Cottenham (died Otober 26th. 2000) was married to Sarah Lombard-Hobson, only daughter of Captain Samuel Richard Le Hunte Lombard-Hobson Captain Samuel Richard Le Hunte Lombard-Hobson was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.). He was invested as an Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.). He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy. Lady Blake would appear to be of Irish descent.