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Title Portrait of a Lady
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to Geeraerts, Marcus, the younger (Flemish painter, 1561-1635, active in England)
Date Earliest about 1593
Date Latest about 1596

Marcus Geeraerts the younger created a type of portrait which was successful both in his native Flanders and in England, where he worked most of his life.

In this painting, the fashionable attire of the unknown sitter, shown three-quarter-length, facing front, slightly turned to left, suggests that she was portrayed in the 1590s, probably soon after Geeraerts settled in Britain. Her hair is pulled back over her head, which is framed by the elaborate white lace of the collar of her black embroidered dress. She wears a pearl necklace with a square pendant and golden chains, which she touches with her left hand while holding a fan in her right.

Current Accession Number B.M.1014
Subject portrait
Measurements 112.5 x 85.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes The portrait was attributed to Marcus Geeraerts the Younger by Roy Strong (letter to Bryan Crossling, 18 November 1970), who suggested that it dates from the mid-1590s. The same date (about 1593-96) is proposed by Jane Ashelford on the grounds of costume (letter to Bryan Crossling, 21 July 1981).
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón; Dr Howard Coutts




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