Isabella, Lady de La Warr
Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641)
Overall: 213.4 x 137.2 cm (84 x 54 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
William I. Koch Gallery (Gallery 250)
While in England as court painter to Charles I, Van Dyck executed refined portraits for the local aristocracy. Isabella, pictured here, was the daughter of diplomat Thomas Edmonds and wife of Henry, the 4th Lord de la Warr, also a diplomat and treasurer to Charles I. Van Dyck likely modeled her portrait on that of his slightly earlier Anne Killigrew, Mrs. Kirke (Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, CA). In both paintings the sumptuously dressed women gesture to a rosebush—a possible allusion to love.
About 1638, Isabella, Lady De La Warr (sitter; b. 1607 - d. 1677?), Buckhurst Park, Sussex, England; by descent within the De La Warr family, Buckhurst Park [see note 1]; sold by the De La Warr family to an unknown private collection [see note 2]; February 10-11, 1919, anonymous sale ("by order of an Executor"), American Art Association, New York, lot 81, sold for $1300 to M. Knoedler and Co., New York; December, 1919, sold by Knoedler to Colnaghi, London; to Otto C. H. Gutekunst, London [see note 3]; 1930, sold by Gutekunst to the MFA for $121,440. (Accession Date: May 1, 1930)
 The painting was lent by the Earl De La Warr to the British Institution in 1844 (no. 88) and 1857 (no. 5) and the Grosvenor Gallery in 1887 (no. 131). It was lent by Countess De La Warr to the National Portrait Exhibition, London, 1868 (no. 705).  The 1919 auction catalogue indicates that the painting had been "bought from the De La Warr family."  Getty Provenance Index, M. Knoedler and Co. Records, PI record no. K-13218 (stock book 6, no. 14599, p. 186). Gutekunst was a partner in the London gallery Colnaghi.
Harriet J. Bradbury Fund