The Lady Abbess of the English Nuns at Antwerp.
Printed for John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhil, & Carington Bowles in St. Pauls Church Yard. [n.d., c.1750.]
Mezzotint. Framed. Sheet size: 365 x 255mm (14¼ x 10"). Trimmed to image. Unexamined out of frame.
A three-quarter length portrait of a nun, seated to the right, wearing the habit. Her right hand lifted to the edge of her veil, and her left hand is resting on an open book on a table beside her, below a crucifix and skull. The sitter is indentified as English nun Mary Howard, of the Holy Cross (1653 - 1735), daughter of English playwright and politician Sir Robert Howard (1626 - 1698). Sold as part of a sale; 'Catalogue of Choice Engravings in Mezzotint anf Line, consisting of the first portion of the magnificent collection of Archibald Cameron Norman Esq. of Bromley Common', at 'Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London. 1914'. The original cover from the sale catalogue is glued to the reverse of the frame.
Chaloner Smith: 195. State II of II.
[Ref: 36895] £260.00