Portrait of Meliora Gomeldon
Portrait of Meliora Gomeldon
Portrait of Meliora Gomeldon

JOHN VAN DER VAART (1653-1727)

Portrait of Meliora Gomeldon

c. 1720 England

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Portrait of Meliora Gomeldon (circa 1674-1749), three-quarter length, seated in a landscape wearing a gold coloured silk gown with diamond clasps to the bodice, an ivory silk wrap around her shoulder and a blue silk cloak draped over her lap. Inscribed lower right 'Meliora Gomeldon Married 1st. Poole of Poole 2nd. Tho. Stanley'.
Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame.
Dimensions: 125 x 102.4cm (49 1/2 x 40 1/4in)

Meliora Gomeldon was born in Buckinghamshire in 1674, the third of five children of Thomas Gomeldon and Phalatias Drax. Her Mother's parents were Sir James and Margaret Drax of Kensington, London. She married firstly James Poole in 1704, who died in 1706 and secondly in 1710 Thomas Stanley of Lancashire by whom she had two children, Richard and Meliora Stanley. She died in June 1749 and was buried in Winwick in Lancashire.

John Van Der Vaart was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands in 1653. he is believed to have been a pupil of Thomas Wyck. He moved to London in 1674, painting still-lifes, landscapes and draperies. He became an assistant and collaborator of William Wissing in the 1680's and their names appear together on several paintings and engravings after paintings such as the portrait of 'Frances Theresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox' (1687, London NPG). On Wissing's death in 1687 he started a portrait practice on his own, with several commissions from the Shirley family. According to Marshall Smith ' he paints a Face and Posture very well, Landskip, Foul &c. extraordinary fine and is to be rank'd among the great Masters of the Age.' He later collaborated with Johann Kerseboom on works such as 'Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds' (1704, London NPG) and later as his eyesight failed also became a mezzotint engraver working with R. Thompson and E.Cooper. He is said to have taught the engraver John Smith. He died in London in 1727 aged 74. His work can be seen in the National Gallery, London and Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Very good
By direct family descent from the sitter until acquired by a private collector.
Brian Stewart and Mervyn Cutten 'The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920'.1997.
Ellis Waterhouse 'Painting in Britain, 1530-1790'. 1953, p.96.
Medium
Oil on canvas in a period giltwood frame
Signed/Inscribed
Inscribed lower right 'Meliora Gomeldon Married 1st. Poole of Poole 2nd. Tho. Stanley'.
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