Sunday, September 20, 2015

Biography - Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew 1615-1686

Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech artist, 1607-1677) Mrs Killigrew.  She was the daughter of John Hill. She married Sir William Killigrew, son of Sir Robert Killigrew & Mary Wodehouse, in 1626. William was 10 years older than his new bride.  He was immersed in politics & wrote 4 dramas, while she produced 7 children. Only 2 survived into adulthood.

Van Dyke's depiction of Mrs Killigrew survives.

Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew (1615-1686)  She is depicted here holding roses, the symbol of a happily married lady.

Artist unknown, Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew (1615-1686)

Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) William Killigrew (1605-1695)

Biography - Margaret Lemon, Anthony van Dyke's 1599-1641 model & mistress

Wenceslaus Hollar (Czech artist, 1607-1677) Margaret Lemon

Margaret Lemon was Van Dyck’s mistress and is known today only through contemporary gossip. A fellow artist of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Wenceslaus Hollar described her as violently jealous, even on one occasion attempting to bite Van Dyck’s thumb off.

A few other portraits of Margaret Lemon remain.  Two show her as the model for Queen Henrietta Maria.

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) Portrait of Margaret Lemon 

 Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) Portrait of Margaret Lemon 

When Sophia, Electoress of Hanover, met Queen Henrietta Maria, in exile in Holland in 1641, she wrote: "Van Dyck's handsome portraits had given me so fine an idea of the beauty of all English ladies, that I was surprised to find that the Queen, who looked so fine in painting, was a small woman raised up on her chair, with long skinny arms and teeth like defence works projecting from her mouth...”

 Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) Model said to be Margaret Lemon 

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669) Model said to be Margaret Lemon 

1632 Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) Self Portrait with Sunflower