Margaret (1653-1705), daughter of Sir Richard Fanshawe
After 1664 – Before 1666
Margaret, born in October 1653 at Tankersley Park, Yorkshire, was the 8th child and 5th daughter of Sir Richard Fanshawe (See LDVAL 26) and his wife Ann. She spent many years of her childhood in Spain and Portugal, where her father was Ambassador. She returned to England in 1666 after her father's death. On 13th June 1675 she married Vincent Grantham of Goltho by Wragby, Lincolnshire at East Barnet Church. She was the only daughter to be married during her mother's lifetime. Very little is known of her later life, with most information coming from her mother's Memoirs. Margaret had, at least, 12 children, of whom Vincent (1676-1688), Richard (b. 1677) and Thomas (b. 1678) were born before her mother died. Margaret was buried at Goltho on 16th November 1705, and was followed by her husband on 21st December 1721. They were outlived by only two sons, Richard, who died in 1722 and a younger Vincent (b. 1692) who died in 1758. In the portrait Margaret is painted wearing Portugese court attire. This painting was referred to by the Fanshawe family as Marmalade because of the colour of her dress.
Bust length portrait of a young girl turned to her right. She is wearing a yellow silk bodice with drawstring decoration at the front and small bow decoration at the narrow sleeves. The bodice has a low, wide, rounded neckline. Underneath she wears a white silk gown with long puffed sleeves. She wears her brown hair in wide side curls with trailing ringlets and has pearl hair decorations. She has a large pearl necklace with a pear-shaped pearl drop and matching earrings. Set on a plain dark brown background.
Frame height: 490mm
Canvas height: 370mm
Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits
Entry Number 1539/6