Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Woman with a White Collar

Unsigned oil painting on panel

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An intriguing oil painting on panel, purchased privately from renowned collector George Way two decades before his passing. Three paper labels affixed to the verso identify the subject. “MRS CHANDLER THE FIRST WOMAN IN ENGLAND Allowed to Testify IN her own behalf. After her acquittal she moved to Mass where she died AT AN OLD AGE After leading the life of a recluse

Whether or not this account is credible, the painting in its gold leaf frame depicts a woman with character and determination, in an atypical format for the 17th century. Her eyes engage the viewer, and her expression is enigmatic.

When we acquired it, the panel had begun to split. In addition to a thorough cleaning, our conservator has stabilized the panel with a strip of fabric applied to the back. This, along with the sturdy mounting in the frame, will protect the painting into the future.

Probably English, ca. 1690

Painting: 10 ½” X 14 ½”; Frame: 16 ¼” X 20”

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Inventory #26067

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