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This lady may be a member of the Grenville family of Wootton Underwood, Buckinghamshire; possibly Anne Grenville, who was born around 1617 and died when she was twenty-nine, in 1646. She is shown with a bunch of tulips pinned in her hair. Tulips were a fashionable, highly prized and expensive commodity, recently introduced from Holland where they had been the subject of huge financial speculation.

The painter Gilbert Jackson was based in London, though he seems to have worked all over Britain, painting academics and, as here, country gentry.

September 2004