Portrait of Lucy, Lady Gage, painted by John Theodore (Dirck) Heins, Sen. (1697-1756) portrait painter of Norwich. Half-length, in an oyster satin dress and blue wrap, with a feathered headdress, feigned oval. Signed and dated 'Heins, Fec: 1748-' (lower left) and with identifying inscription (lower right), oil on canvas 29½ x 25 in. (75 x 60.5 cm.). Provenance: The Rev. Henry S. Gladstone. Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 22 September 1978, lot 54 (sold £550). The sitter, who was the daughter of William Knight of Kingerby, Lincoln, and sister and heir of Richard Knight, married Sir Thomas Rookwood Gage, 5th Bt., of Hengrave Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, and of Coldham Hall, Stanningfield, Suffolk on 28 February 1746. She died on 3 September 1781 at the age of 59 and was buried at Hengrave. Christies SALE 6829, 25 November 2003 (www.christies.com).
The portrait of her husband Sir Thomas Rookwood Gage was sold by Phillips 13 December 1994 Lot 33. He is described as the son of John Gage and Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Rookwood of Codham Hall, Suffolk. He succeeded his cousin to the baronetcy in 1767. In 1746 he married Lucy daughter of William Knight of Kingersby and secondly, Mary daughter of Patrick Fergus of the Island of Montserrat.
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