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    Posted 2 months ago

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    These have been in my house as long as I can remember. the back as the number 4678, I can't make out the other info

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    1. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 2 months ago
      The first two words looked to me to be “Lady Jermyn,” so I Googled the name and learned that Catherine Killigrew, Lady Jermyn (c. 1579-1640) was the wife of Sir Thomas Jermyn (1573-1645), an English politician, courtier and Royalist who sat in the House of Commons variously between 1604 and 1640.

      And this looks strikingly like the 1614 portrait of her by the Flemish painting Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (

      This is a contemporary copy after Gheeraert’s work:

      So I think what you have there is a portrait of Lady Jermyn based upon the Gheeraert original. Whether it is contemporaneous, I don’t know. But it is very nice!

      What is the size of your painting? Is it a miniature?

      P.S. I showed the portrait to my English historian husband (without mentioning what was written on the back) and he dated the subject to the Jacobean period, and specifically 1610-1620, based on her attire - mainly the collar - plus the fact that court portraits went out of fashion in England after the 1620s. One point to the husband!

    2. rhineisfine rhineisfine, 2 months ago
      P.S. Just to clarify my previous comment...

      1. First, here is the link to the original painting on which I believe this is based (the painting is currently in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.):

      2. Here is a link that takes you to the Wikipedia article about Gheeraerts, a very prominent court painter of the Tudor/Jacobean periods. The page will open to the section of the article that mentions the painting of Lady Jermyn:

      3. That article links to a high-resolution version of the painting. Here's a direct link to that:

      I wish I could make out the last word or two of handwriting on the back of your frame, as it might give some idea of provenance...!

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