Oil painting on canvas, Catherine Bruce, Mrs William Murray (d.1649), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641), inscribed top right (painted out): Katherine Bruce Countefs / of Dysart. A half-length portrait of a woman, turned to the left, gazing at the spectator, tying up roses from a basket on a ledge in front of her with a yellow ribbon, she has blonde hair tightly curled and with ringlets falling onto her shoulders, she is wearing a red dress with billowing white sleeves of her chemise, she has some, possibly, olive leaves tucked into her breast, above a rich jewel.
In around 1683 catalogue and 1683 valuation list and thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
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after Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641), artist