Peter Borseller

Portrait of Katherine Hoby

c.1670

In Tate Britain

Artist
Peter Borseller active 1644–1687
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 763 × 641 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 2014
Reference
T14039

Display caption

Katherine Hoby was married to Peregrine Hoby of Bisham Abbey, Berkshire. Painted when she must have been at least in her sixties, the finely detailed hand and the ability to convey the sheen and texture of Hoby’s clothes are characteristic of Borseller’s distinctive style. The sitter’s costume, which incorporates expensive silk and fashionable ribbons, identifies Hoby as a wealthy woman of high social position. Borseller was a Dutch artist who trained in Antwerp. He was active in England from 1664 but left in or soon after 1679, possibly due to religious persecution as a Roman Catholic.

Gallery label, January 2019

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