Paris fashions were as cutting edge in the 17th century as now - this lady’s dress was the rage in 1625. The sitter in this portrait was previously identified as Marie de’ Medici, and more recently as Catherine Manners, the Duchess of Buckingham. However, she looks like neither, and is more likely an unidentified lady of the French court."


  • Title: Portrait of a Lady
  • Date: c.1625
  • Physical Dimensions: w657 x h797 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Noel Desenfans, 1802-1807: London, Skinner and Dyke, Desenfans sale, 18 Mar. 1802, lot 175 (Descriptive Catalogue no. 88). Bt Potts for £105.0. Presumably bt in); London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Artist: Rubens, Sir Peter Paul
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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