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Four pictures return to Ham House

May 29, 2015
Circle of Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580-1662), The woman of Samaria at the well, oil on canvas, NT 2900115. ©Christie’s

Circle of Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580-1662), The woman of Samaria at the well, oil on canvas, NT 2900115. ©Christie’s

In two recent sales at Christie’s South Kensington we have bought four pictures with a provenance from Ham House.

Pieter Neefs II (1620-after 1675) and follower of Frans Francken II (1581-1642), The interior of the cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, oil on panel, NT 2900121. ©Christie’s

Pieter Neefs II (1620-after 1675) and follower of Frans Francken II (1582-1642), The interior of the cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, oil on panel, NT 2900121. ©Christie’s

The pictures – three oils and a watercolour – came from the estate of Barbara Judd (1926-2013). They had previously hung at Ham and had been given to Barbara Judd by her grandfather Sir Lyonel Tollemache, 4th Bt., and his son (her uncle) Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt. The 4th Baronet and his son jointly gave Ham to the National Trust in 1948.

Follower of Pieter van Laer (1599-1642?), Travellers resting, oil on canvas, NT 2900116. ©Christie’s

Follower of Pieter van Laer (1599-1642?), Travellers resting, oil on canvas, NT 2900116. ©Christie’s

The pictures are recorded as hanging in the Green Closet and in other rooms at Ham House. Many of the interiors at Ham are still more or less as they were in the seventeenth century, making the house an extraordinary baroque time capsule.

Richard Cosway, RA (1742-1821), Maria Caroline Duff, pencil and watercolour on paper, NT 2900117. ©Christie’s

Richard Cosway, RA (1742-1821), Maria Caroline Duff, pencil and watercolour on paper, NT 2900117. ©Christie’s

Maria Caroline Duff (1775-1805) was the daughter of Louisa Manners (née Tollemache), who became Countess of Dysart and owner of Ham after the death of her childless brother Wilbraham in 1821. This picture was commissioned by Maria’s husband after her early death, poignantly depicting her ‘in apotheosis’.