17th century Portraits William and Sarah Cowper circle Michael Dahl
Fine pair of oval Portraits of Sir William Cowper [1639-1706] and his wife Lady Sarah Cowper, nee Holled [1644-1720]-Circle of Michael Dahl both bust-length,he with a long dark wig, and wearing a lace cravat and brown overcoat; she with dark hair tied high and wearing a brown silk dress with cream fringe and blue shawl each painting 73 x 60 cm, 24 x 28.5 inches approx the overall size 96.5 x 84 cm 38x33 inches approx both housed in carved giltwood lely frames. Sir William Cowper, pronounced "cooper" Baronet of Ratling Court and Hertford Castle, being son and heir of John Cowper, of Lincoln's Inn, London John was son and heir apparent of the 1st Baronet, but died when in confinement at Ely House, in September 1643. William succeeded to the Baronetcies, 2 December 1664. He was M.P. for Hertford in six Parliaments, 1679-1700; was an active Whig, and joined with the Earl of Shaftesbury, etc, in presenting, in 1680 , an indictment against James, Duke of York, for non-attendance at church; was clerk of the Parliaments. He married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Holled,and their son became William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper PC KC FRS (c. 1665 – 10 October 1723) an English politician who became the first Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. Provenance. Inherited through ten generations of the Cowper family. overall condition is very good having had some restoration,with old lining Michael Dahl (1659–1743) A Swedish portrait painter who lived and worked in England most of his career. He painted portraits of many aristocrats and some members of royal families. His paintings are on show in many museums and national trust houses.
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