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Title Portrait of Anne Bridges née Freeman
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist School of Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Previously attributed to circle of Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Previously attributed to Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Date Earliest probably about 1717
Date Latest probably about 1717
Description A somewhat naïvely executed portrait of Mrs Anne Bridges, née Freeman. The subject is depicted as a young woman, she is presented three-quarter length, sitting to face the viewer with her right arm folded across her breast touching her long hair, the other arm rests on her outstretched skirts. She is finely attired, and wears flowers in her hair. In the background, an old stone wall to the right, and to the middle-distance on the left side, an idealised garden landscape.
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1945.22
Subject portrait (Anne Bridges, née Freeman)
Measurements 119 x 94 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs M. H. Williams 1945.
Provenance The Bridges family; by descent to Miss Boucher Smith, The Manor House, Keynsham; bequeathed by Miss Boucher Smith to Mr Williams, before 1945; by descent to Mrs M. H. Williams.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings at Guildhall, The Assembly Rooms and Pump Room, Bath, Bath, 1985, p. 10, cat. no. 28; Sloman, S., Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 70.
Notes In 1717, the presumed date of the present portrait, Anne Bridges, née Freeman, married seventy-year-old Sir Harry Bridges of Keynsham (1647-1728), becoming his second wife. Bridges had been appointed Sheriff of the County of Somerset four years earlier.

The late husband of Mrs Williams of Torquay was a descendent of the Bridges family, of the Manor House, Keynsham. He had inherited the four Bridges family portraits which Mrs Williams donated to Victoria Art Gallery. The donation included three further paintings. Other objects were given to Bristol Art Gallery.
Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer
 

 

 

 

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