Oil painting on canvas, Anne Reade, Mrs Myddelton (1674 - 1760) by Pieter Tillemans (Antwerp 1684 – Suffolk 1734). circa 1722. A three-quarter-length portrait, of a young woman, turned slightly to the right, gazing to the right, seated on a stone bench, in a garden, wearing a blue dress over a white chemise, with a golden-brown cloak. Her left hand is at her side and her right elbow leans on a plinth which supports a figured vase containing an orange bush. In the background is a formal garden of topiary. Entry in Accounts (19 Jan. 1722) records payment of 5s to Mr Mathew Travers of Salop, 'for an Oyled cloth for Mrs Anne Myddelton's Pickture'. This has been interpreted as meaning a portrait of Robert Myddelton's sister, but the orange tree indicates a married woman, Anne Myddelton never married.
An entry in the Accounts for 19 January 1722 records the payment of 5s to Mr Mathew Travers of Salop, ‘for an Oyled cloth for Mrs Anne Myddelton’s Pickture’. This painting along with some of the contents were acquired in 1978 along with Chirk Castle from Lt-Col Ririd Myddelton (1902–1988) by the National Land Fund and handed, on loan for 99 years, to the Secretary of State for Wales (In 1981 Chirk was transferred into the ownership of the National Trust). On loan to the Trust by Guy Myddelton.
Chirk Castle, The Myddelton Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Signed (bottom left) P.Tillemans F.
Verso: Label on back of frame, inscribed in ink: Gallery No.1
Makers and roles
Pieter Tillemans (Antwerp 1684 – Suffolk 1734), artist
Chirk Castle 2001 Timothy Sammons Ltd, London, Inventory and Valuation of selected chattels at Chirk Castle. Offered by private treaty to the National Trust, 2001, p. 25. no.359
Laing 1989 Alastair Laing, ‘Changelings at Chirk Castle’, Country Life, 8 June 1989, pp.272 - 75