Oil painting on canvas, Anne Armine, Lady Crewe, formerly Lady Wodehouse, and later Countess of Torrington (d.1719), manner of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), circa 1690. A three-quarter-length portrait, seated, wearing a brown dress and blue shawl, a vase of flowers to the right.
Daughter and co-heir of Sir William Armine of Osgodby, 2nd Bt. (1622 – 1657/8), and his wife Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Crane, Bt. She married in 1666 Sir Thomas Wodehouse, 3rd Bt. (d.1671), son of Sir Philip Wodehouse, 3rd Bt. Their son, John, succeeded his grandfather as 4th Bt. It was he who demolished the family seat, Downham Lodge, and built Kimberley House. Their daughter, Ann, married Sir Nicholas L’Estrange, 4th Bt.
Anne Armine married secondly Thomas, 2nd Baron Crewe of Stene (d.1697), by whom she had four daughters. She married thirdly, in 1704, Arthur Herbert, Earl of Torrington (d.1716).
A portrait of Blanche Wodehouse (1642 – 97), wife of Sir Jacob Astley, 1st Bt. (1640-1729), in the manner of Soest, is in the East Wing Store at Seaton – she was Anne Armine’s sister-in-law. A portrait of Lucy Cotton, wife of Sir Philip Wodehouse, 3rd Bt., and mother-in-law to Anne Armine hangs in the West Wing, Ground Floor Passage.
Anthony Mould has suggested that the present picture must be by a close follower of Lely; ADL: ? Riley.
The picture must have been painted before she became Lady Crewe, on grounds of quality, and because of the line of descent, through the Wodehouse family
On loan from Lord Hastings
Makers and roles
manner of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist
studio of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist
previously attributed to John Riley (London 1646 – London 1691), artist