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Title Portrait of a Lady in a Court Dress about 1590
Collection Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to British School
Previously attributed to manner of Geeraerts, Marcus, the younger (Flemish painter, 1561-1635, active in England)
Date Earliest possibly about 1585
Date Latest possibly about 1595
Description Marcus Geeraerts the Younger was the son of an animal painter at Bruges. He came to England soon after 1580, but his earliest known works date from 1592. If by him, this work would be very early in the artist's oeuvre. Later in his career Geeraerts was appointed painter to Queen Elizabeth and Queen Anne of Denmark. He is particularly remembered for his portraits and paintings of Royal State occasions. He remained in England until his death in 1635. Here, the treatment of the clothing and the posture of the sitter are both derivative of Marcus Geeraerts' Ditchley portrait of Elizabeth I and the work is believed to be by an English contemporary of Geeraerts and probably dates from soon after 1590.
Current Accession Number 1958-30
Subject portrait (female)
Measurements 112.0 x 91.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by the National Gallery Art-Collections Fund 1958.
Provenance Earl of Wilton, Heaton Hall, Manchester; James Watts, Abney Hall, Cheadle.
Notes Susan Foister (National Gallery) stated in an email, November, 2006: 'I feel quite confident in suggesting the painter was British, but not Geeraerts.'
Rights Owner Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard




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