Portrait of Mrs William Lock, seated, three-quarter-length, in a blue dress with her two children oil on canvas 35.8 x 30.5cm (14 1/8 x 12in).
PROVENANCE: Presumably by descent through the sitter's granddaughter The Collection of Lord Wallscourt (according to a label on the reverse) With Sabin Galleries London (as Giovanni Battista Cipriani) Where purchased by the present owner
The daughter of the diplomat, Sir Luke Schaub, Frederica Augusta Schaub married William Lock in January 1767. Seven years later he purchased and rebuilt Norbury Park near Mickleham, Surrey, where the Locks entertained many French emigrés, including Madame de Staël and Fanny Burney (later d'Arblay). The dining room at Norbury Park was known for the decorative scheme carried out by George Barret (1728/32-1784) and Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785). Given that the Locks' eldest son, also William, was born in 1767, the present work can be dated to circa 1770.