Anne Kirke (nee Killigrew) (1607-1641), Dresser to the Queen (Henrietta Maria); Daughter of Sir Robert Killigrew and Lady Mary Killigrew (nee Woodhouse); wife of George Kirke
Sitter in 4 portraits
Anne Killigrew married George Kirke, a groom to the Royal Bedchamber who later became Gentleman of the Robes. The grand portrait was likely occasioned by her own appointment in 1637 as Dresser to Queen Henrietta Maria, one of the most prestigious places for a woman at court. She died tragically by drowning on 6 July 1641, when the royal barge capsized.
by and published by Johannes Gronsveld (Gronsvelt, Groensveld), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching, late 17th century (circa 1638)