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British Artist (c.1580?)

Portrait of a Lady holding a Book

F691?; oil on panel; 78 x 62 cm

Prov: (?)Tradescant

Presented by Elias Ashmole, 1683; WA1898.3

Poole 1912, no. 406; MacGregor 1983, no. 285

The sitter has been identified as Hester Puckering (d. 1592), who married Edward Wotton in 1575. He had a garden at Canterbury where he employed John Tradescant the Elder. This may be the portrait of Lady Wotton from the Founder's Collection, which is otherwise unidentified. The costume and style would suggest a date of c.1580.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum index.php/complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.