THE LADY COPLEY - J SMITH, AFTER SIR GODFREY KNELLER.

 

17th century mezzotint portrait of Catherine, Lady Copley, seated almost whole-length slightly to left, her upper body turned to front, resting her left elbow on pedestal at right; wearing loose, plain dress and pearls in her curled hair, partly up; curtain behind. A version of this print is in the British Museum, 1902,1011.4480. Framed and glazed. 

Portrait of Lady Copley; Catherine Copley née Purcell (1657-1699), daughter of John Purcell of  Nantcribba (Montgomeryshire), noted Beauty and first wife of Sir Godfrey Copley, 2nd Baronet. 

Mezzotint by John Smith (1652-1743) after Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723), in 2. state (of 3), before address of Boydell, published by Smith himself, c. 1697. Printed on laid paper with watermark (scripture) and margins around. Very good and velvety impression. Numbered in ink at top right corner.

Catherine Purcell (1657-1699) was the daughter of John Purcell; she married Sir Godfrey Copley, 2nd Bt., son of Sir Godfrey Copley, 1st Bt. and Eleanor Walmesley in 1681. They had a daughter, also called Catherine. After his wife's death in 1699 Copley married Gertrude Carew in 1700; he died in 1709 without surviving male issue. He had succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Copley of Sprotborough, Yorkshire in 1677/8 and built a new mansion house at Sprotborough. He was an M.P. and a Fellow of the Royal Society and founder of the Copley Medal. On his death his baronetcy became extinct.

Mezzotint. Framed: 51cm x 42 cm / 20.5 in. x 16.5 in. Sheet : 40.6cm x 28.6 cm/ 16 in. x 11.5 in. Executed 1697

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