Barbara Slingsby, Lady Talbot

school of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680)
National Trust Inventory Number 996294

Category Paintings
Date circa 1660
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1245 x 991 mm (49 x 39 in)
Place of origin
Collection Lacock, Wiltshire
On show at Lacock, Wiltshire, South West, National Trust

Barbara Slingsby was the daughter of Sir Harry Slingsby, 1st Bt. of Scriven (1602 – 1658), who was a renowned diarist, and later beheaded by Oliver Cromwell. She was the second wife of Sir John Talbot (1630 – 1714), whom she married in 1660. She bore him two sons and three daughters, but the inheritance skipped a generation, when her long-lived husband outlived his heir, Sharington (1656 - 1685), and Lacock passed to John Ivory Talbot (?1691 – 1772), the issue of her daughter Anne (1665 – 1720) and Sir John Ivory (1655 – 95).

She is shown in dress typical of Lely, with a provocative, low chemise, and a loosely gathered silk dress.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Barbara Slingsby, Lady Talbot, school of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680). A three-quarter-length portrait of the wife of Sir John Talbot, standing, facing, in a landscape, leaning over a pedastal and wearing a blue cloak (pigment discoloured) and brown dress over a white shift. Daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby Bt (1602 – 1658), whose portrait hangs in the South Gallery (P/51), and second wife of Sir John Talbot (1630 – 1714), whom she married in 1660. She bore him two sons and three daughters, but the inheritance skipped a generation, when her long-lived husband outlived his heir, Sharington (1656 - 1685), and Lacock passed to John Ivory Talbot (?1691 – 1772), the issue of her daughter Anne (1665 – 1720) and Sir John Ivory (1655 – 95).

Provenance

Given by Matilda Theresa Talbot (formerly Gilchrist-Clark) (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

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed (in later script) bottom right: Barbara Daughter of / Sir Harry Slingsby [rest illegible]

Makers and roles

school of Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680), artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10021)
Paint (29646)
Category Paintings (12624)
Collection Lacock, Wiltshire (7900)
Periods 17th century (32764)
Maker Sir Peter Lely (Soest 1618 – London 1680) (320)
Subjects Barbara Slingsby, Lady Talbot (1)
Object Type Oil painting (11738)

Record Status

Enhanced

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