Mary Bedell wife of Sir Thomas Leventhorpe, 4th Bt. of Shingey Hall and daughter of Sir Capel Bedell, 1st Bt. of Hamerton

Object number

LDVAL 2007.5.4


Black and white photograph of an oil painting of Mary Bedell (Lady Leventhorpe) held in the collections of Valence House Museum (See no.30). Donated as part of a larger Fanshawe donation to the archives department. Mounted in cream card. Mary, Lady Leventhorpe was the daughter of Lady Bedell (nee Fanshawe) (see no.529) and great-grandaughter of Thomas Fanshawe (see no.36). In 1654 she married Sir Thomas Leventhorpe, 4th Bt., of Blakesware Hall, Herts. Through this marriage she became the daughter-in-law of Dorothy, Lady Leventhorpe (see no.14). Her granddaughter Mary (see no.35) married John Fanshawe of Parsloes (see no.43). This portrait was attributed by C.H. Collins Baker (who described it as Mrs Fanshawe) to ?Kneller's early time, c. 1675-80?. Kneller's early work has often been mistaken for Lely's.

Physical description

Black and white image showing a young woman turned to her left. She wears a light coloured deep square necked gown, which has puffed sleeves that are decorated with jewel clasps. Her brown hair is worn up, but with large section hanging over her shoulders in long ringlets. She wears pearl necklace and earrings and an ornamental hair clip in her hair. Set on a plain background. Detail of photograph shows craquerlature of paint surface on original oil painting.






Image length: 250mm
width: 197mm
Frame length: 490mm
width: 384mm
Depth: 25mm

Collection type

Social history


Dedication Painted Beheath portrait: MARY BEDELL, Wife of Sir Thomas Leventhorpe, 4th Bt. Of Shingey Hall, And Daughter of Sir Capel Bedell, 1st Bt. Of Hamerton. M; 1654-5. D; 1683

Alternative reference

Entry Number 1679/4 (2007-01-23)

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InstitutionValence House Museum
Collection typeSocial history