Portrait of Elizabeth Duchess of Somerset (born 1665)
by Kneller or Dane?  

This portrait hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from 1848 until after 1925 and probably until 1949.

It is believed to have been purchased in 1848 by James Stamford Caldwell at the sale of the Contents of Stowe House, formally the property of the Duke of Buckingham.  It was listed in the Catalogue of the Contents of Stowe House, as Lot 187, by Kneller, Elizabeth Duchess of Somerset, purchased by Caldwell for £6.16.6.  Elizabeth only daughter of Jocelyn Earl of Northumberland, sole heiress of the Perceys, and wife of Charles, sixth Duke of Somerset, commonly called the "proud Duke".

In 1925 the portrait of Elizabeth Duchess of Somerset was listed by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell as hanging in the Hall of Linley Wood as follows: "Portrait of a lady in green velvet.  Elizabeth Duchess of Somerset, wife of proud Duke of Somerset born 1665.  Now on staircase leading to top story".

This portrait was probably sold around 1949 when the Linley Wood estate was sold.

If anyone on the web knows where this portrait now hangs, I would be very interested to hear from you.  Please contact me at jj@jjhc.info

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