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Portrait of a Lady, probably Queen Henrietta Maria: T.19-1945

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait of a Lady, probably Queen Henrietta Maria


Maker: Unknown




White silk embroidered with deep, mid, pale and very pale blue, deep green, yellowish-green, yellowish-brown, cream, fawn, grey, and white silks, metal thread, and purl, with attached coral beads and pearls. Stitches: bullion knot, couching, French knot, long and short, needlepoint and satin. Within an oval frame with a purl border is a portrait of a Queen Henrietta Maria (1606-1669), the head of carved wood in high relief covered with canvas, the features painted, hair real, crystal ear-drops, necklace of seed pearls and coral, bodice satin embroidered with flowers, collar of needlepoint lace, net kerchief draped over shoulders. In the background is a palace with in front of it a lake with rocky surround. Four symmetrical sprays of stylized leaves in purl spring from the centres of the four sides of the oval. In the top left corner is a rose spray and in the top right, a spray of carnation. In the bottom left is a lion with a pansy above him, and in the lower right, a leopard with wild rose above him. Both animals on grounds of moss formed by loops of tightly twisted silk.

Legal notes

Given by Louis C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.2 cm
Width: 26 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-07-24) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Third quarter of 17th century
Circa 1650 - 1675

Components of the work

Embroidery composed of silk ( polychrome)
Base composed of satin

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Identification numbers

Accession number: T.19-1945
Primary reference Number: 139878
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 17 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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