Possibly Grace Paget (née Farrington), Lady Sharington
Oil painting on panel, Possibly Grace Paget (née Farrington), Lady Sharington, Anglo-Netherlandish School, circa 1545 to 1553. A three-quarter length portrait, to left, dressed in black, her right hand on the arm of a chair upholstered in red, with marquetry armrests; an elaborate, fluted column in the background to the left, and a curtain [of indeterminate colour] to the right. Probably painted as the pendant to no.19, a Portrait of Sir William Sharington. The architectural background is here given feminine articulation: the column is fluted and its plinth ornate, compared to the sturdy Doric articulation of the architecture in P/19. The picture is a wreck and any identification with the work of Mor – or indeed any artist - is impossible. The fur and architecture in that picture is of high quality, suggesting - not Antonis Mor - but another Flemish, or Flemish-trained, artist such as Scrots or Vermeyen. A dating of the costume implies that the sitter is unlikely to be Sharington's first wife, Ursula Bourchier. Sharington married Grace Paget in 1542, which provides a terminus post quem for this picture. The costume is datable to the late 1540s/early 1550s.
given by Matilda Theresa Gilchrist-Clark Talbot (1871 – 1958), who gave the Abbey, the village of Lacock and the rest of the estate to the National Trust in 1944, along with 96 of the family portraits and other pictures, in 1948
Lacock Abbey, The Talbot Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Label on bottom left of frame: 26
Makers and roles
Anglo-Netherlandish School, artist Flemish School, artist British (English) School, artist