Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Catherine Murray, Countess of Dysart (d. 1649), first Lady of Ham House, c.1635 

Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Portrait of Catherine Murray, Countess of Dysart (d. 1649), first Lady of Ham House, c.1635, Sir Anthony Van Dyck
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
43 x 33 in (109.2 x 83.8 cm)
 
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This impressive portrait shows Van Dyck's talent fordepicting his sitter''s honestly, without fatuous idealisation, and Lady Dysart is recognisably a woman of middle age, but the luciousness of the paintwork, and the exqusite treatment of details and accessories, the pearls in the necklace about her neck, the jewellery in her dress and hair and beautiful folds of her silk dress serve to enhance the dignity of her age not to distract from it.
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