British School 17th century
Portrait of Anne Wortley, Later Lady Morton c.1620

Artwork details

Portrait of Anne Wortley, Later Lady Morton
Date c.1620
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2057 x 1270 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery, the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust 1980
Not on display

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This typifies the British Jacobean portrait formula. The subject appears full length and almost facing the viewer, standing on a rich carpet or, as here, on rush matting, flanked by lustrously painted curtains. There may be an accompanying chair or table, but the artist shows no interest in conveying its spatial relationship to the figure. The costume is meticulously depicted, with an almost hallucinatory clarity.

Anne Wortley's face and hands are painted in a more shadowed manner, associated with Netherlandish-trained artists. The portrait may have been produced by painters collaborating in a workshop, rather than by a single artist

August 2004

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