Sarah, Viscountess Fanshawe (c. 1642-1717), 2nd wife of Thomas, 2nd Viscount Fanshawe

Object number

LDVAL 13/1


Sarah Fanshawe, 2nd wife of Thomas, 2nd Viscount Fanshawe (see no.24). She was the daughter of Sir John Evelyn of West Dean, Wilts., and a cousin of John Evelyn the diarist. She was first married, as his second wife, to Sir John Wray, 3rd Bt., of Glentworth, Lincoln, who was more than twice her age. After 5 months of widowhood she married, in 1665, Thomas Fanshawe (See no. 24), and when Thomas died in 1674, after nine months of widowhood, she married Viscount Castleton (see her portrait as Viscountess Castleton no.13/2). She had four children with Thomas Fanshawe: Anna Maria (d. young 1668); Sarah (d. young 1669); Evelyn (1669-1687) and Katherine (d. 1684). Her son, Evelyn 3rd Viscount Fanshawe, died unmarried in 1687. Sarah died in 1717 and was buried in St. Martin's in the Field, London.

Physical description

Bust length portrait of a lady in a rust coloured dress with white undergarments visible around the neckline and white undersleeves. She has a string of pearls at her throat and pearl drop earrings, and has short dark curly hair. The background of the portrait is a landscape with trees over the sitters left shoulder, and a cloudy sky with patches of blue. The scene is set within a painted oval frame.



There was some confusion over the two portraits of Sarah as a Fanshawe and a Castleton - they were both catalogued under the one number. They have therefore been reallocated the number of 13/1 and 13/2 depending on the date of painting.


Portrait Painting


Whole height: 980mm
width: 830mm
Canvas height: 740mm
width: 620mm

Collection type

Visual arts, Fanshawe Portraits

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