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Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Lady, possibly Catherine Countess of Suffolk
Artist Possibly by Paul van Somer
Artist dates 1576 - 1621
Date made about 1620
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 207 × 125 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from the Earl of Verulam
Inventory number L1220
Location Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
Image copyright On loan from the Earl of Verulam, © Private Collection
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of a Lady
Possibly by Paul van Somer

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.

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