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Aletheia (née Talbot), Countess of Arundel and Surrey (circa 1590-1654), Heiress and patron of art; wife of Thomas Howard

Sitter associated with 32 portraits
The youngest daughter of Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Mary, Alethea was the sister of two other countesses: Mary Talbot Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, and Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent. In 1606, she was married to Thomas Howard, and they had four children. Along with her sister Elizabeth, and their cousin Arabella Stuart, she performed in a masque celebrating the investiture of Henry Stuart as Prince of Wales in 1610.

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Aletheia (née Talbot), Countess of Arundel and Surrey

after Sir Anthony van Dyck, published by William Richardson
etching, published 1796
NPG D28399


The Howard family

published by John Thane, after George Vertue, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26495


Aletheia (née Talbot), Countess of Arundel and Surrey

by William Henry Worthington, after Daniel Mytens
line engraving, published 1849 (circa 1618)
NPG D11108


Aletheia (née Talbot), Countess of Arundel and Surrey

by Wenceslaus Hollar, published by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, 1626
NPG D20226

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