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The identity of this sitter is no longer known, but she may have been a member of the court of Charles II. She is shown in an imaginary landscape and is dressed in a fantasy version of a shepherdess's attire. Rustic simplicity is conveyed by her lack of jewellery and the shepherd's implement in her left hand. This pretence is belied by the fact that her loose, revealing dress is of satin. This sensuous representation contrasts strongly with the highly formal depiction of Elizabethan and Jacobean ladies of the preceding periods.

May 2007