British School 17th century
Gertrude Sadler, Lady Aston c.1620–3

Artwork details

Gertrude Sadler, Lady Aston
Date c.1620–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2273 x 1334 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust 1980
Not on display

Display caption

Gertrude Sadler was the wife of Sir Walter Aston, Lord Forfar, who was appointed
as James I's ambassador to Spain in 1620. Two versions of this portrait are known
to exist (the other is in the National Gallery of South Australia). It is possible that both versions were produced when Sir Walter was appointed an ambassador. However, it is not always possible to be certain
of the identity of the person shown in
a portrait, and it may be that the woman shown here is another Lady Aston: Magdalena, wife of Sir Thomas Aston
of Aston Hall, in Cheshire.

August 2004

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