The Cholmondeley Ladies

British School 17th centuryAround 1600

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

According to the inscription (bottom left), this painting shows 'Two Ladies of the Cholmondeley Family, Who were born the same day, Married the same day, And brought to Bed [gave birth] the same day'. To mark this dynastic event, they are formally presented in bed, their babies wrapped in scarlet fabric. Identical at a superficial glance, the lace, jewellery and eye colours of the ladies and infants are in fact carefully differentiated. The format echoes tomb sculpture of the period. The ladies, whose precise identities are unclear, were probably painted by an artist based in Chester, near the Cholmondeley estates.


  • Title: The Cholmondeley Ladies
  • Creator: British School 17th century
  • Date Created: Around 1600
  • Provenance: Presented anonymously 1955
  • Physical Dimensions: w1723 x h886 mm
  • Original Title: The Cholmondeley Ladies
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Wood

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