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Lower left, the later inscription, 'Margaret Brooke Wife to/Thomas Brooke Esqr. and/Daughter of Sir Thomas Neville KB./eldest son of Henery 7th Ld/Abergavenny'
Margaret Neville was the daughter of Sir Thomas Neville KB, and married Thomas Brooke Esq.
In this delightful portrait, probably painted for a betrothal, the sitter holds flowers (peonies, which signify sincerity) and with a number of them in her lap. These latter signify her youth and future fruitfulness...the prime task of any aristocratic wife was to bear children, preferably a male heir. In her hair are some jasmine flowers, signifying aimiability of character.
HENRI GASCAR (1635 – 1701) (also Gascard, Gascars) was a French-born portrait painter who achieved artistic success in England during the reign of Charles II.
He painted many leading ladies at court, including several of the King's mistresses.
Gascar came to England about 1674, probably at the behest of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, Charles II's favourite mistress at that time. Gascar (or Gascard, as he seems to have spelt his name at first) was already known as a skilful portrait-painter.
His flamboyant style, contrasting with the stolid English approach, seemed to suit the frivolity of the time and he painted many of the ladies of Charles II's court. His lack of attention to detail in the likeness he made up for by the sumptuous draperies and adornments around the subject.
Probably by descent to Catherine Smitherman and by descent to her daughter Catherine Edwardes and by descent to;
Sir Henry Hope Edwardes Baronet, of Wootton Hall, Derbyshire, and by descent to;
Colonel Herbert James Hope Edwardes, Netley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to;
Lady More (nee Hope Edwardes, formerly Coldwell), Netley Hall, and subsequently Linley Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to;
the Late Sir Jasper and Lady More, Linley Hall.
After Lady More died in 1994, the house and collection were left to her her cousin and godson, who has now sold the house and dispersed the collection.
(The Edwardes family can trace their ancestry to the princes of Powys, the More family to the 13th century).
T.Cox, Inventory of the contents of Netley Hall, Shropshire, 1917, page 4 (drawing room).
|External Height||57.00 inch||(144.78 cm)|
|External Width||47.00 inch||(119.38 cm)|