Oil painting on panel, An Unknown Lady, English School, late 16th century. A half-length portrait of a lady, facing the viewer, wearing a black dress and hat, with an elaborately patterned white stomacher with acorn motifs, and a ruff. Attached to her bodice is a ring, bearing a device (possibly a rose). The edge of a gold glove is visible on her right hand. A scythe and hourglass motif is visible at the top left. The panel appears to have been cut down, possibly on all sides.
Purchased by the National Trust by private treaty sale from Lord St Oswald in 2010
Makers and roles
British (English) School, artist
previously attributed to school of Marcus Geeraerts, the younger (Bruges 1561/2 - London 1635/6), artist
previously attributed to school of Federico Zuccaro (Sant’Angelo in Vado c.1541 – Ancona 1609) , artist
Brockwell 1915 Maurice Walter Brockwell, Catalogue of the Pictures and Other Works of Art in the Collection of Lord St Oswald at Nostell Priory, London 1915, cat. no. 110