|Title||Garland of Flowers Surrounding an Oval|
|Alternative Title||Garland of Flowers Surrounding a Portrait of Queen Anne|
|Collection||Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|
|Artist|| Attributed to Dutch School
Previously attributed to Kneller, Godfrey (English painter, 1646-1723)
Previously attributed to Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Previously attributed to Nuzzi, Mario (Italian painter, ca.1603-1673)
Previously attributed to Seghers, Daniel (Flemish painter, 1590-1661)
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1650|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1700|
|Description||A wreath of jonquils, roses, lilies, tulips, passion flowers, fritillaries, lily of the valley, orange blossom, pinks, morning glories and other flowers. The space within the oval garland originally contained a grisaille (monochromatic) bust of Queen Anne or her sister Mary II, which has since been painted out.|
|Current Accession Number||A258|
|Subject||still life; portrait|
|Measurements||93.5 x 73.7 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Miss Mary Anne Barbara Holburne 1882.|
|Provenance||Sir Thomas William Holburne, by 1867-74; by descent to Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882), 1874.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 63.|
Painting cleaned and portrait painted out by Jones, December 1924.
Labels: Thomas William Holburne label on back: 'Queen Mary by Sir Godfrey Kneller the Wreath of Flowers by Mario di Fiori'
Previous attributions: Catalogue of the Pictures and Library, Engravings, Etchings and Miniatures, Belonging to Sir Thomas William Holburne, Bart., Bath, 1867, cat. no. 258: 'Sir Peter Lely & Mario Nuzzi' (hall and staircase); Catalogue of the Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum by W.Chaffers, London, 1887, cat. no. 1571: 'Sir P. Lely and Mario Nuzzi'; F. Möckler, Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum, Bath, 1902, cat. no. 166: 'Mario Nuzzi'; hand written register of paintings, watercolours and miniatures, giving inventory numbers with ‘A' prefix still in use, by G. Holden, Curator 1917-1926, compiled shortly after move to Sydney Hotel, cat. no. 258: 'Dutch School'; The Holburne of Menstrie Museum Catalogue, Part I: Pictures, Bath, 1927, cat. no. 85: 'Ykens'; Jones: 'Flowers by Daniel Zeghers who died in 1661. Could portrait then be of Queen Anne?'; Courtauld list, 1971, cat. no. 138: Dutch School; 1976: 'This was undoubtedly a portrait of Queen Mary II badly copied from Wissents [sic] portrait of her (see Butler, H. B., and Fletcher, C. R. L., Historical Portraits 1600-1700, London, 1911, p. 254). It was painted out by Mr Jones when he restored the picture.'
|Rights Owner||© The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|