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Mary Langham was the only child to survive from the several marriages or Sir James Langham, second baronet of Cottesbrooke, Northamptonshire. She married Henry Booth (1652-1694), politician and the eldest surviving son of George Booth, second baronet and first Lord Delamer in July 1670 at St Helen's in Bishopsgate in London, a reflection of the long standing Langham business interests and political ties in the city. Their first born son died as an infant and the surviving chldren included three other sons, George Booth, later the second Earl, Langham and Henry and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Her husband was created Earl of Warrington in 1690.
Mary Beale (1633-1699) was a prolific English portrait painter, becoming one of the most important painters of the middle classes and aristocracy in 17th century England. She is described as the first professional female English painter. Mary's work was chiefly influenced by the Court Painter Peter Lely and they became great friends. Her paintings often display her talent for depicting her subjects with particular charm and sensitivity such as in her portraits of her two young sons, Bartholomew and Charles, found in Tate Britain, London and in her own self-portrait found in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
With Miles Wynn Cato (label on reverse)
Sold through Christies's London, June 5th 1997, lot 6
Tabitha Barber 'Mary Beale - Portrait of a seventeenth century painter, her family and her studio'.
|Height||89.00 cm||(35.04 inches)|
|Width||74.00 cm||(29.13 inches)|