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Portrait of a Lady

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Artistunknown, 17th century
TitlePortrait of a Lady
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenancePurchased by the Office of Works in 1936
Exhibition'Government Art Collection: Selected by Simon Schama: Travelling Light', Whitechapel Gallery, London, 16 December 2011 to 26 February 2012; 'Revealed: Government Art Collection', Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013
Dimensionsheight: 58.00 cm, width: 43.00 cm
AcquisitionPurchased 1936
LocationNetherlands, The Hague, British Embassy
GAC number0/57

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This aristocratic woman wears a ruff, a loose gown with matching bodice, beneath which is a fine linen smock, and an embroidered linen apron. On her head is an ornate, beaded cap with black feathers. In contrast to her elegant yet restrained attire, her brown hair, brushed off the face, appears somewhat unkempt, reflecting a contemporary trend for more naturalistic hairstyles than those represented in earlier Jacobean portraits.

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