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Title Portrait of Winifred, Countess of Coventry
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Hoynck, Otto (Dutch artist, born ca 1630, died 1686)
Attributed to circle of Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Previously attributed to Hanneman, Adriaen (Dutch painter, ca.1601-1671)
Date Earliest possibly about 1670
Date Latest possibly about 1686
Signed yes
Description Otto Hoynck's portrait of Winifred, Countess of Coventry (d. 1694), is one of the many portraits surviving from the collection of the sitter's brother Sir Richard Edgcumbe (1639-1688). The style of the painting - a bust portrait composed within an oval cartouche - was particularly fashionable at that time, as were her rich silks and pearls. Similarities can be seen, for example, against another portrait in the same collection, of Catherine of Braganza, Queen Consort to Charles II.
Current Accession Number Plymm.019
Inscription front '[Otto Hoynck]'
Subject portrait (Winifred, née Edgcumbe, Countess of Coventry, d. 1694)
Measurements 74 x 83 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.
Provenance By descent from Sir Richard Edgcumbe (1639-1688).
Notes

It was not possible to view the painting; however, a signature was noted before the work was put into conservation.

The identity of the sitter was previously confused with that of the portrait of Catherine of Braganza (Plymm.07). The painting was recorded in the inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe House (possibly compiled before 1941): '(Believed to be) Queen Catherine of Braganza. / In a low-cut brown dress, trimmed with blue, grey and white, and wearing a pearl necklace. She has fair curls. / Size 2'5 1/2§ x 2'0 1/2§ Painted by Adman [sic] Hanneman.'

Recorded in 1961 inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe: (Gallery Round Hall). E. Wall: Queen Catherine of Braganza wife of Charles II (d.1705) Adman [sic] Hanneman.'

Advice on seventeenth-century portraiture was given by Catharine MacLeod, National Portrait Gallery, in response to photographic images of the Mount Edgcumbe collection of portraits.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe
 

 

 

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