Corneille de Lyon (The Hague 1500/10 – Lyons 1575)
The identity of the sitter in this exquisite portrait is unknown although she is almost certainly one of the noblewomen who attended upon the French royal family when the court was at Lyon in the later 1530s. The costume is relatively simple although the picture is distinguished by the inclusion of the sitter’s modestly folded hands and the presence of a green, gold-embroidered curtain; both unusual features in portraits by this artist.
Oil painting on (possibly limewood) panel, Unknown Woman by Corneille de Lyon (The Hague 1500/10 – Lyons 1575), circa 1535 - 40. A half-length portrait of a young lady, turned slightly to the left and gazing to the left, wearing a dark green bodice edged with gold at the neck, full white sleeves, pearl and gold necklace and gold chain, white and gold headdress.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Fr Godolphin May 4 (inscribed on reverse in fine black ink, part of inscription on reverse may be covered by Agnew label)
Makers and roles
Corneille de Lyon (The Hague 1500/10 – Lyons 1575), artist previously catalogued as style of Corneille de Lyon (The Hague 1500/10 – Lyons 1575), artist