This portrait depicts an aristocratic lady in fashionable court dress. The head may have been painted by Flemish portraitist Paul van Somer, who came to London in 1616 and became a favourite artist of King James I of England. Most of this canvas was painted by assistants. The landscape was added at a later date; the original drapery can still be seen in the background column.
1576 - 1621
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Catherine Countess of Suffolk
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
207 × 125 cm
On loan from the Earl of Verulam
Location in Gallery