This portrait can be dated on the basis of costume to circa 1565. It is unusual in its display of clear familial affection. The mother places her arm around her son, who in turn has his arm interlinked with his smaller sibling. Interestingly, that child has no inscribed age, so it is possible that they may be deceased – remembered by their initials. ‘I.W.'
The Savile Family, Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire;
their sale, Christie’s, London, 18 November 1938, lot 44 (as ‘Gheeraedts’, £75.12 s); bt. by
Leggatt Brothers, London;
R.A. Wills, Thornby Hall, Northamptonshire;
their deceased sale, Christie’s, Thornby Hall, 22/23 October 1984, lot 573 (as ‘Attributed to The Master of the Countess of Warwick’, £18,000);
The Weiss Gallery, 1985;
Private collection, England, until 2018.
 It was however listed at their property at No. 2 Carlton House Terrace, London in 1906.
East Riding Antiquarian Society, Transactions, (Vol. III, pt. 1), York 1906, p. 76, no. 13 (‘13. Mrs. Aldersey and her three children: viz., Anne, daughter PORTRAITS, &C., AT 2, CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE’).
The children wear highly embroidered, costly garments, a clear display of the family’s wealth and aspirations. Anne is dressed in black, a widow’s habit, with a Tudor rose at her breast, to show allegiance to the Queen.
The sitters have traditionally been identified as beingAnne Aldersey, daughter of Simon Lowe of London, who married John Aldersey (c.1541 – 1616), of Aldersey Hall, London, and whose daughter, Elizabeth, later married Sir Thomas Coventry (1578 – 1640), 1st Baron Coventry, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, in 1610. However, the date of our painting is such that the sitters must be from another branch of the family.