Dorothea Comitissa de Sunderland.
Londini avec Pri. du Roy et ex parisis. [n.d. c.1660.]
Engraving; paper watermarked. Collector's stamp on verso. Plate 355 x 242mm (14 x 9½"). Cut to platemark.
A portrait of Lady Dorothy Sidney, Countess of Sunderland (1617-1684), daughter of the Earl of Leicester and wife of Henry Spencer, 1st Earl of Sunderland. She was celebrated not only for her beauty but for wit, charm and intelligence. Spencer was killed at the First Battle of Newbury, leaving Dorothy with two children, and pregnant with a third, who died in infancy. In 1652 she remarried to Sir Robert Smythe of Bidborough, Kent. Her death is attributed to grief caused by her brother Algernon's trial and execution for treason.
Lugt: 2794 [unidentified. Belgian collection from c.19.]
[Ref: 30882] £95.00