Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset (1590 - 1676)

William Larkin
after 1580 – 1619

Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset (1590 - 1676)

Oil on panel: 22 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches, 57.5 x 43.5 cm



  • Given by the sitter to her cousin, Margaret Hall (née Elmes) of Gretford, Lincolnshire, second wife of Henry of Gretford (d. 1616),
  • thence by descent, to their eldest son,
  • Henry Hall of Gretford and Burton Coggles (d.1672), and his wife Elizabeth Harton (1615 – 1676), widow of
  • Montague Cholmeley (1615- 1652) of Easton Hall, Lincolnshire;
  • and thence by descent to her eldest son, Montague Cholmeley (d. 1700) of Easton;
  • thence to his eldest son James Cholmeley of Easton (d. 1735);
  • thence to his eldest son John Cholmeley of Easton (d. 1768);
  • thence to his son Montague Cholmeley of Easton (c.1743 - 1803);
  • and thence to Sir Montague Cholmeley, 1st Bt. (d. 1855), who altered and enlarged Easton Hall in 1805, presumably selling some of its contents, including the present work;
  • c. 1850-60(?), in an auction on [T?]emple Row, Birmingham, lot 77 (as 'Portrait of Lady Goodrick Parker, by Zuccaro, purchased at Aston Hall [sic.] sale about fifty years ago.'), according to the remnants of an old auction label on the reverse;
  • George J. Egerton, his sale, Christie’s, London, 23 November 1956, lot 79 (as ‘Zuccaro, Portrait of Lady Goodrick Parker’);
  • when acquired by Kretscher (an art dealer);
  • A private collection, Germany.


  • Anne Clifford, The Memoir of 1603 and Diary of 1616 – 1619, ed. Katherine O. Acheson, Toronto 2007, p. 155.
  • Katherine O. Acheson, The Diary of Anne Clifford, 1616-1619, A Critical Edition, 1995, pp. 97-98.
  • R. Strong, William Larkin, Icons of Splendour, Milan 1995, p. 120.
  • R. Strong, The English Icon: Elizabethan & Jacobean Portraiture, London 1969, pp. 313 & 329.
  • James Lees-Milne, ‘Two Portraits at Charlecote Park by William Larkin’, The Burlington, 1952, vol. 94, p.356.

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