Oil painting on canvas, Catherine Okeover, Lady Shirley (d.1672), style of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641). A three-quarter-length portrait of a young woman, turned slightly to the right, gazing at the spectator, her left hand is holding a fold of her blue scarf and her right hand a fold of her grey silk dress. She is also wearing a pearl necklet and pendant pearls as earrings and on a pearl jewel at her breast. There is a a grey drape behind her to the right. Catherine was the daughter of Humphrey Okeover and the wife of Sir Robert Shirley, 4th Bt. Her daughter was Dorothea, who married George Vernon in around 1676, was her sole executor. After Catherine was widowed she lived in Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire. In a Sunderland gilt frame - contemporary with house, one of set of five, matching, for example NT 653195.
Vernon collection transferred to the Treasury in 1967 following death of 9th Lord Vernon, and transferred to The National Trust in 1967
Sudbury Hall, The Vernon Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1967)
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Style of Van Dyck (Dobson?)
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style of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641), artist