Circle of Edward Bower (active London circa 1635-1667)
Portrait of Catherine Babington and her daughter Lucy, standing before a blue curtain inscribed 'Ao: 162*/ AET. 45: *' (upper left) oil on canvas 96.6 x 85.6cm (38 1/16 x 33 11/16in).
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Lady Maufe, Shepherds Hill, Buxted, Sussex, withdrawn from her sale, Clifford Dann and Partners, 2-3 February 1977, lot 765, and thence by descent to the present owner
Catherine Kendall (born 1583) was the daughter of Henry Kendall of Smithesby (Smisby today). She married Thomas Babington of Rothley Temple (now Rothley Court Hotel). She had nine children, of which Lucy was the last and was born in 1618. Lucy later married William Whatton of Netwon Linford. The historian, Thomas Babington Macaulay, was a descendant of Catherine, from the sister of a later Thomas Babington.