Circle of Sir Godfrey Knellor (1646 1723)
Portrait of Girl as Shepherdess Inscribed verso 'Princess Louise Maria Theresa/Daughter of James II and Mary of Modena/Died at the age of 10 at St Germain 1742/of small pox/After her death the whip was added denoting that she died at "The Scourge of Europe"/No reflection of whip on bodice'.
Indistinctly inscribed AD 1684
oil on canvas
116.0 x 91.0cm (45 11/16 x 35 13/16in).
- Please note the description should read:
'indistinctly inscribed and dated Anno Dni 1684/Pinxit in...m.i. 686'
Taylor sale, Cheltenham, 1863
Colin Campbell Baillie
Wilton House Museum; Christie's New York, 13 Jan.1987, lot 28, as 'attributed to Charles Jervas'.
The sitter has traditionally been identified as Princess Louisa Maria Theresa (b. 1692) daughter of James II and Mary of Modena. This identification would seem to be contradicted by the date of the present picture which also discounts her four sisters as possible sitters.