Portrait of a Lady as a Sibyl
oil on canvas
74.9 x 147.4 cm (29-1/2 x 25 in)
Cardinal Mazarin [1602-1661], from 1653.  Philippe II, duc d'Orléans [1674-1723], Paris; by inheritance to his son, Louis, duc d'Orléans [1703-1752], Paris; by inheritance to his son, Louis Philippe, duc d'Orléans [1725-1785], Paris; by inheritance to his son, Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d'Orléans [1747-1793], Paris;  sold in 1792 to Edouard, Vicomte Walkuers [or Walquers], Brussels; sold in 1792 to his cousin, François Louis Joseph, Comte Laborde de Méréville [d. 1801], Paris and London; (Jeremiah Harman's, London); sold in 1798 to a consortium of Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater [1736-1803], London and Worsley Hall, Lancashire, Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle [1748-1825], Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, and George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st duke of Sutherland [1758-1833], London, Trentham Hall, Stafford, and Dunrobin Castle, Highland, Scotland; (Michael Bryan);  sold in 1798 to George Hibbert and Simon Clark; (sale Christie's, London, 14 May 1802, no.64, for 330 guineas); (Dermer).  William Wells, Redleaf, Kent, by 1819;  (his sale, Christie's, London, 12-13 May 1848, no. 49); Samuel Jones Loyd Overstone, [d. 1883], 1st Baron, London; by inheritance to Robert James Loyd-Lindsay Wantage [d. 1901], 1st Baron, who married Harriet Sarah, Lord Overstone's daughter and inherited Overstone's estates through her; by inheritance by Lady Harriet Sarah Loyd-Lindsay Wantage [d. 1920];  by inheritance to David Alexander Edward Lindsay Crawford [d. 1940], 27th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, Haigh Hall, Lancashire;  (Crawford and Balcarres sale, Christie's, London, 11 October 1946, no. 130). (Arturo Grassi, New York) by 1947.  (Paul Drey, New York); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 15 February 1951; gift to the University of Kansas Museum of Art, now Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, in 1960, no. 60.52.  According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collectio. Italian Shools XVI-XVII Century, London, 1968, p. 75, the painting is listed in the Mazarin inventories as no. 322 in 1653; no. 1145 in 1661 as measuring 2 pieds 3 pouces by 1 pied 10 pouces. The information was provided to her by E. Waterhouse in a letter from 8 October 1968.  Orleans Inventory no. I, 1724; inventory no. II 1752; inventory no. III 1785. See Dubois de Saint-Gelais, Description des Tableaux du Palais Royal, 1727, p. 192 as measuring 2 pieds 4 pouces sur 2 pieds; and C. Stryiensky, La Galerie du Regent Philippe Duc d'Orleans, 1913, p. 171, no. 262.  The painting was exhibited at Mr. Bryan's, London from 26 December 1798 to the end of August 1799, as no.116, Orleans Collection Sale.  Waterhouse in his letter from 8 Octobr 1968 suggests that this 1802 purchase by Dermer probably represents a "bought in" transaction, since Buchanan in Memories of Painting, vol. I, 1824, p. 95, says the picture was sold to Wells privately for 600 guineas.  Exhibited at the British Institution, London,1819, no. 56.  Lent by Lady Wantage to the Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition. London, 1902, no. 112.  Exhibited at the Burlignton Fine Arts Club, London, 1925, no. 22 as Guido.  Lent to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, December 1947.