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This portrait shows the competent linear style that made Van Mierevelt a favoured artist of The Hague court. The image is restrained and conservative in technique and composition, with the details of costume and face rendered with the same meticulous care. The lady’s dark dress, lavishly embroidered bodice and ruff are typical of Netherlandish dress at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Linen ruffs first became fashionable dress for men and women in the sixteenth century, and persisted in the Netherlands into the seventeenth century, becoming increasingly larger and more elaborate as seen here.
oil on oak panel
H 61.7 x W 56.1 cm
acquired by Sir Richard Wallace, possibly 1872; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897