Lady, called Countess of Orford by circle of John Theodore Heins (auctioned by Christie's)

Christie's Lot Notes for this state, "The traditional identification of the sitters, which would seem to be that they are the 2nd Earl of Orford and his wife, Margaret, does not appear conclusive on the basis of comparisons with other portraits of the sitters." Christies sold this with the portrait of a man, the pair being titled, "Portrait of an Earl, traditionally identified as the Earl of Orford, half-length, in peers' robes, feigned oval; and Portrait of a Countess, traditionally identified as the Countess of Orford, in peeress's robes, a coronet on a ledge beyond, feigned oval."

From Christie's.

Parliament robes can be difficult to date, but the neckline and low coiffure places suggest the first half of the 1700s. Forward-back flared engageantes can be seen in this 1719 portrait of Queen Maria Josepha of Poland.

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