Attributed to Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford) Portrait of Lady Copley
Attributed to Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford) Portrait of Lady Copley

Attributed to Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford) Portrait of Lady Copley

c. 1680 England

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Portrait of Lady Copley, three-quarter length, standing in a landscape, wearing a brown gown with blue cloak, holding a basket of flowers. Inscribed lower left 'Lady Copley First Wife of Sr: Godfrey Copley'. Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame. C. 1680.

Catherine Purcell (c.1657-1697) was the daughter of John Purcell of Nantriba, Montgomeryshire, and was a noted beauty. She married Sir Godfrey Copley (1653-1709), MP and Fellow of the Royal Society, of Sprotborough in Yorkshire in October 1681. He had succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Copley of Sprotborough in February 1677/8. They had a daughter, also named Catherine, who was Sir Godfrey's only child and heir.

Willem Wissing (Amsterdam 1656-1687 Stamford) was a Dutch born portrait painter who trained at The Hague and Paris. He arrived in London in 1676 and soon became an assistant to Peter Lely, with whom he remained until Lely's death in 1680 when he emerged as his most important pupil. He was taken up by the Court and was sent by James II in 1684/5 to Holland to paint the Prince of Orange (later William III) and Princess Mary. Later he was much patronised by John Cecil, the Earl of Exeter and the Lincolnshire gentry. Wissing died at the peak of his fame as a portrait painter aged 31 at Cecil's home, Burghley House near Stamford of suspected poisoning. Some of Wissing's best works are at Burghley and Belton House.
Very good.
Private collection, Italy.
Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of 16th and 17th Century British Painters'. 1988, page 294.
Dimensions
Height 126.00 cm (49.61 inches)
Width 102.00 cm (40.16 inches)
Stock Code
88
Medium
Oil on canvas
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