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This portrait of Lady Anne Pope (c.1599-1629) is rich in symbolic elements. Her ornate dress is embroidered with carnations, roses and strawberries, symbols of love and health, while her pearls represent wealth and purity. Her loose hair indicates her maiden status, for Lady Anne never married. The cherries shown on the tree were thought of as the 'Fruit of Paradise', and were given as a reward for virtue. The portrait, set in a painted oval, shares the poetic and private qualities found in the miniature paintings that were so popular during this period.
A full-length portrait of Lady Anne's brother Thomas, painted almost twenty years later, hangs over the stairs outside this room.

August 2004