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Barbara Talbot, Viscountess Longueville (c.1670-1763) as a girl

Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1677 (signed and dated on back of canvas)

Materials

Oil on canvas (oval)

Measurements

584 x 457 mm (23 x 18 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Lacock, Wiltshire

On show at

Lacock Abbey and the Fox Talbot Museum, Wiltshire, South West, National Trust

NT 996299

Caption

Barbara Talbot was the second daughter of Sir John Talbot and Barbara Slingsby; on 11th July 1689, she married Henry Yelverton, 15th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, created Viscount de Longueville in 1690. Their son, Talbot, was created Earl of Sussex. She died at the age of 98 at Brandon in Warwickshire where, according to the Gentleman’s Magazine, she had “resided for the last 40 years of her life, and kept up the spirit of Old English hospitality, by relieving all her poor neighbours, and every indigent person that applied at her gate” (1763, Jan. 31st). It was painted with a pair of her sister Gilberta.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas (oval), Barbara Talbot, Viscountess de Longueville (c.1670 - 1763) as a girl, by Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), signed and dated on back of canvas: G. Kneller Ao. 1677 Ft. Companion picture to no.36. Second daughter of Sir John Talbot and Barbara Slingsby; on 11th July 1689, she married Henry Yelverton (P/65), 15th Baron Grey de Ruthyn, created Viscount de Longueville in 1690. Their son, Talbot (P/60), was created Earl of Sussex. She died at the age of 98 at Brandon in Warwickshire where, according to the Gentleman’s Magazine, she had “resided for the last 40 years of her life, and kept up the spirit of Old English hospitality, by relieving all her poor neighbours, and every indigent person that applied at her gate” (1763, Jan. 31st).

Provenance

presumably at the house since 1677, and thence by descent until given by Matilda Theresa Talbot (formerly Gilchrist-Clarke) (1871 – 1958), who gave Lacock Abbey, its essential contents, and the village and estate of Lacock to the National Trust in 1944, and the pictures in 1948.

Credit line

Lacock Abbey, The Talbot Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom right: Barbara, 2? Daughter of Sir John Talbot / wife of Henry Yelverton, Viscount Longueville

Makers and roles

Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist

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