(n/a) John Smart, junior (British, 1776-1809) A Lady, called Anne of Cleves (1515-1567) full-face, wearing gown, collar tied with lace, beaded necklace, white coif and cap embroidered with floral motif
Lot 28
(n/a) John Smart, junior
(British, 1776-1809)
A Lady, called Anne of Cleves (1515-1567) full-face, wearing gown, collar tied with lace, beaded necklace, white coif and cap embroidered with floral motif
Sold for £1,440 (US$ 2,353) inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) John Smart, junior (British, 1776-1809)
A Lady, called Anne of Cleves (1515-1567) full-face, wearing gown, collar tied with lace, beaded necklace, white coif and cap embroidered with floral motif.
Pencil on paper, signed on the obverse and dated J.S. Junr, 1798, signed and dated secondly on her hat J Smart Junr 1798, and with monogram JSR, and inscribed Anne of Cleve, gilded wood frame with card slip.
Rectangular, 210mm (8 1/4in) high
Provenance: Unnamed auction, 13 November 1962 (part of a set of ten drawings)
Mrs. Daphne Foskett
Literature: Daphne Foskett, John Smart, the man and his miniatures, London, 1964, p.60, ill.pl.XXX, no.108

Footnotes

  • The present lot is after a drawing by Hans Hobein the younger (1497/8-1543). A coloured stipple engraved version by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), published by John Chamberlaine is in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D19386).

    Anne of Cleves was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII whom Henry infamously referred to as a 'Flanders mare'. He told courtiers and ambassadors that he could not perform his husbandly duties because of Anne's appearance. Anne's reaction to Henry's physical charms was not recorded, but she agreed to an annulment very quickly and remained in England for the rest of her life. Henry was grateful for her cooperation and granted her a generous income and several homes, including Hever Castle. Anne enjoyed an independent lifestyle denied most women, often visiting Henry's court as an honoured guest. Her fondness for English ale and gambling were her only vices. Along with her successor as Henry's wife, Catherine Howard, Anne remains a mysterious figure about whom little is known.
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