Portrait of Queen Mary wife of William III
by Sir Peter Lely.

This portrait hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from 1848 until 1949.

It is believed to have been purchased in 1848 by James Stamford Caldwell from the sale of the Contents of Stowe House, formally the property of the Duke of Buckingham.

In 1925 the portrait of Queen Mary was listed by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell as hanging in the Drawing Room of Linley Wood as follows: "Portrait of Queen Mary wife of William III by Lely."

This portrait was sold in the Sotheby auction of 2 November 1949 as  lot 83 described as follows: "Sir P. Lely.  Princess Mary: three-quarter length portrait, seated in a landscape; she wears a mauve dress, with a scarlet and ermine cloak.  49 inch by 39 inch.  From the Stowe Park sale".

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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