Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London) Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London
Lot 44
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London) Portrait of a lady in profile, said to be Mary Buckeridge,
Sold for £3,600 (US$ 5,770) inc. premium

Lot Details
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London)
Portrait of a lady in profile, said to be Mary Buckeridge, bust-length, in crimson robes, within a painted oval
signed and dated 'GKneller/1720' (centre left)
oil on canvas
70 x 57cm (27 9/16 x 22 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The sitter, and thence by descent

    Née Geering, or possibly Goring, Mary may have been the daughter of Sir William Goring, baronet, of Goring and Broadwater, Sussex. In 1711 she became the second wife of the writer Baynbrigge Buckeridge (1667/8-1733) who became best known for his work on the history of British art with his 'An essay towards an English school’ appended to Roger de Piles’s The Art of Painting, and the Lives of the Painters. Of his four published poems, three had an artistic theme: ‘To Sir Godfrey Kneller upon the Death of Mr Dryden’ (first published in 1700); ‘A Letter to Signor Verrio at Hampton-Court, upon a Sketch Drawn by him of the Battle of Blenheim, Designed to have been Painted at the Duke of Marlborough's House in Woodstock-Park’ (1704); and ‘To the Duke of Buckingham, upon his House and Collection of Pictures in St James's Park’ (1704). By 1720 Buckeridge was in retirement in his country home in Highgate, where he died in 1733. He was survived by Mary, who died in 1739, and his two children with her, Henry Baynbrigg (died 1768) and Nicholas (died 1765).
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