British School 17th century

Portrait of a Lady, probably Mrs Clement Edmondes


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Not on display
British School 17th century 1600–1699
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 2100 x 1098 mm
Lent from a private collection 2002
On long term loan

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The inscription on the book refers to the translation of Caesar’s Commentaries made by Clement Edmondes (?1564–1622) Remembrancer of the City of London. He may have owed his advancement to the court connections of his wife, Mary Clerke, attendant on Elizabeth I’s Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber, Lady Stafford. Queen Elizabeth often gave away pieces of her clothing and it is thought that the richly embroidered petticoat here worn by Mary Edmondes may be one such item.

Gallery label, May 2007

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