Oil painting on panel, Elizabeth Hardwick (‘Bess of Hardwick’), Countess of Shrewsbury (1520-1608) by a follower of Hans Eworth (Antwerp c.1525 – ?London after 1578). Inscribed, centre left: MARIA REGINA .A three-quarter -length portrait, turned slightl to the right, wearing black dress lined with white fur split with aglets, and with white fur collar, embroidered red and white sleeves and red hat decorated with pearls, her hands clasped in front with gloves; ginger hair.
In inventory of the contents of Hardwick Hall made in 1601 and attached to the will of Elizabeth Hardwick,Countess of Shrewsbury (c.1520-1608);
Hardwick Hall, The Devonshire Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1959)
Marks and inscriptions
above shoulder at left MARIA REGINA
Makers and roles
follower of Hans Eworth (Antwerp c.1525 – ?London after 1578), artist