Portrait of Mary Lady Wharton
10 August 1681
School of Van Dyck

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 Lady Mary Wharton was listed by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell as hanging in the Drawing Room of Linley Wood as follows: "Though marked as a Countess of Chesterfield, on removing the old lining in 1886 the following was found written on the back ""My Lady Wharton Aug 10 1681".  Purchased at Stowe.  Artist some follower of Van Dyke."

This portrait was sold in the Sotheby auction of 2 November 1949 as one of two portraits in lot 90 described as follows: "Wissing. Three-quarter length Portrait of Princess Mary, seated in blue and brown robes, holding a rose.  Van Dyck (School of).  Three-quarter length Portrait of Mary Lady Wharton, in white dress, picking roses.  Both originally 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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