Sara Illustrissima Ducissa Somersetensisex Gente Alstoniana in Agro Bedfordiensi.
Fine engraving, rare, 435 x 310mm, 17 x 12¼". Closed marginal tears and flattened horizontal crease.
Portrait of Sarah Seymour (née Alston), Duchess of Somerset (1642?-1692); whole length, in robes, seated by a table, with her left hand resting on her coronet. Also on the table is a book and an inscribed scroll; column and curtain in background. 'After a painting said to be by Jan Maurits Quinckhardt (1688-1772), which must have been done some years after the sitter's death. Vertue saw it in the collection of his friend the 3rd Lord Coleraine, presumably at his house in Tottenham, and drew the signature [...] Vertue's plate was presumably commissioned by St. John's, though the copper plate is not known to be at the College now. There may have been some arangemnt with Brasenose, where holders of the Somerset scholarships endowed by her were required to purchase an impression of the print for 2s. [...] Brasenose has a copy of the picture, for which Thomas Hill was paid 12 guineas in 1728' (Alexander).
V&A DYCE.2701; Alexander 755.
[Ref: 26800] £260.00