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British Artist (c.1620):
Portrait of a Lady

A2; oil on canvas; 195 x 136 cm.

WA1845.2.

Poole 1912, no. 429.

The sitter has been identified as Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Christopher Kenn of Kenn Court, who married John Poulett and died in 1663. However, in early Bodleian catalogues, she is described as a member of the Duke of Bolton's family (Orde-Powlett), who presented to the Library on 9 July 1636 needlework of her own working representing scenes from the gospels, together with her own portrait. She is holding a panel of the Penitent Magdalen and has a pet squirrel on her arm.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.