7960P PORTRAIT OF A LADYWEARING A BLUE AND WHITE DRESS,THOUGHT TO BE ELIZABETH HANFORD GERARD LANSCROON C.1655 -1737Oil on canvas 29 ¾ x 24 ¾ inchesFramed size 37 ½ x 32 inches Gerard Lanscroon was born in Malines, France and was the son of a sculptor. They both moved to England in 1677.His father, Valentin worked as a carver at Chatsworth House c.1695 -1696.Gerard was studio assistant to Antonio Verrio and was working on his own by 1690. He became a history painter and occasional painted portraits, which suggest some Italian influence but these are rare.He was much admired for his mural and ceiling paintings, examples of which can be seen at Melbury which was painted from the 1690's. There is also another ceiling painting in the Blue Room at Powis Castle and at Bloomfield House. Gerard died in London and was buried on 26 August 1737. Portraits by this artist are indeed rare. Bibl: Portrait Painters - Brian Stewart & Mervyn Cutten Provenance: The Priory, Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk.(There was another very comparable portrait inscribed by Lanscroon in the same collection). It is thought that Elizabeth Hanford was the sole heiress of a John Hunt.