Cornelius Johnson
Portrait of an Unknown Lady 1629

Artwork details

Artist
Cornelius Johnson 1593–1661
Title
Portrait of an Unknown Lady
Date 1629
Medium Oil paint on oak
Dimensions Support: 410 x 330 mm
frame: 565 x 470 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1965
Reference
T00745
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1540

Display caption

Johnson, born in London in 1593 to a German/Flemish immigrant family, became an extremely prolific portraitist, working on every scale, including painting full-length groups. The sitter is thought to be the wife of the sitter in the portrait nearby. Its unusual scale – halfway between a full-size portrait and a miniature – is found in other works by Johnson.

February 2016

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