Lady Elizabeth Pope

Robert Peake the ElderAround 1615

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In 1615, Elizabeth Watson was married to Sir William Pope of Wroxton in Oxfordshire. She may be wearing a costume that relates to a masque - a court entertainment participated in by aristocrats. Her draped black cloak, or mantle, embroidered (like her hat) with pearls in a pattern of ostrich feathers, has classical precedents. So does her partly bared breast, a feature seen in surviving drawings of masque costumes by the court designer Inigo Jones (1573-1652). Like the miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, Peake originally trained as a goldsmith. From 1607, Peake was joint court painter to James I.

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  • Title: Lady Elizabeth Pope
  • Creator: Robert Peake
  • Date Created: Around 1615
  • Provenance: Purchased 1955
  • Physical Dimensions: w61 x h775 mm
  • Original Title: Lady Elizabeth Pope
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood