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A widow aged 63, believed to be Elizabeth Warde, mother of Sir Patience Warde - Lord Mayor of London (1629-96)


Artist: Daniel Myers

Wearing black widow's bonnet, secured with ribbon under her chin, edged with fine black lace over black dress with white collar
on vellum, signed in gold monogram on the obverse, dated 1665, with the sitter's age 63 above
in the original gilt-metal frame with pierced spiral cresting and original crystal glass

During the early days of the Restoration there was an ever increasing demand for portrait miniatures by lesser known artists such as the miniaturist signing DM, now believed to be Daniel Myers. This may have been due to the cost involved for the well known miniaturists: Norgate, in his Miniatura, writes that the art is 'so profitable' (Noe paiting in the world soe well paid for as Lymning).

DM has been described as an excellent miniaturist at his best. His work is drawn with vigour and self confidence. Here as in other works by him, the artist is more interested in the character, or in the individuality of feature and expression in the human countenance, than in polite or impersonal grandeur.

This portrait is a fabulous study of the human face, it depicts a lady of some considerable age, for her time, who clearly has suffered great loss - perhaps she lost members of her family to the great Plague - which took place the year this portrait was taken.

The portrait came from Hooton Pagnell Hall, the home of Sir Patience Warde, whose miniature was taken by Richard Gibson around the time of this present portrait. Sir Patience was Lord Mayor of London and as such would clearly have had access to the court painter Richard Gibson.

It is most likely that the miniature represents Sir Patience's mother, Elizabeth Vincent, daughter of Thomas Vincent of Barnborough Grange, Co. York. Elizabeth married John Warde of Tanshelf in Pontefract,. John was a commander in the siege of Pontefract Castle and sadly died aged 47 in 1657. Elizabeth was the executor to her husband's will, dated 26 August, 1657. She died 1 February 166 8/9.
Further details of the family tree can be found in Visitation of England and Wales Notes: Volume 5 1903, By Joseph J. Howard, Frederick A. Crisp,
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Signed                 Signed with gold monogram DM beneath sitter's age of 63
Condition                 Generally good
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