Portrait of a Lady

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1576 - 1621
Full title
Portrait of a Lady, possibly Catherine Countess of Suffolk
Date made
about 1620
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
207 × 125 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Earl of Verulam
Inventory number
Location in Gallery