Oil painting on canvas, Mary Matthews, Madame Julien-Francois-Bertrand de La Chere (1824-1890) by Sophie Rude (Dijon 1797 – Paris 1867), 1843. A three-quarter-length portrat in black dress against green drape. Old label on reverse, 'R. Lerondelle, Emballage d'Objets d'Art, 76 Rue Blanche, Paris.' 1843. Mary Matthews d.1890. Eldest daughter of Henry Matthews and wife of Julien de la Chere, Paris, mother of Alice de la Chere/ Hornyold. Inscribed and dated 1843 on the back. The daughter of Henry Matthews, of Belmont, Herefordshire (author of Diary of an Invalid, 1820), and Emma Blount, of Ovleton, Herefordshire. Her brother was the Tory lawyer and politician, Henry,Viscount Llandaff (1826–1913), the first Catholic to hold Cabinet Office (as Home Secretary) since the Act of Catholic Emancipation. She married Julien de La Chere, of Paris, and their youngest daughter,Alice, married Alfred Hornyold, father of Henry.
Given by Henry Hornyold Strickland (1890 – 1975) with Sizergh Castle and its estates in 1950
Marks and inscriptions
R. Lerondelle, Emballage d'Objets d'Art, 76 Rue Blanche, Paris (Old label on reverse)
Makers and roles
Sophie Rude (Dijon 1797 – Paris 1867), artist