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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.

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

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