Marcus Gheeraerts II, 'Portrait of Mary Rogers, Lady Harington' 1592

Marcus Gheeraerts II
Portrait of Mary Rogers, Lady Harington 1592
Oil on wood
support: 1130 x 851 mm frame: 1340 x 1093 x 80 mm
Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and subscribers 1974

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In the 16th century Netherlandish artists came to Britain. They introduced a new style of portraiture, creating iconic images of the most famous Britons.

In the 17th century migrants from Europe brought in genres like marine and landscape painting not seen in Britain before.