Oil painting on canvas, Jane Needham, Mrs Charles Myddelton (1645-1692), studio of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), c.1660/65. A three-quarter length portrait, standing in a rocky landscape, turned slightly to left, holding fruit and wheat. Jane Needham was the daughter of Sir Robert Needham of Lambeth and his second wife Jane Cockayne. She was baptised on 23 January 1646 and married on 16 October 1660 Charles Myddleton, 3rd son of the second Sir Thomas Myddelton, Kt., of Chirk Castle and Kevenywerne, Ruabon, Denbighshire. A noted Court Beauty - she was referred to by Evelyn as: “That famous, & indeede incomparable beautifull Lady” in his Diary.
probably painted for Sir Ralph Bankes; thence by descent until bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981
Kingston Lacy, The Bankes Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
studio of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist