Alathea, Countess of Arundel and Surrey

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Alathea, Countess of Arundel and Surrey, by Daniel Mytens, circa 1618 - NPG 5293 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Alathea, Countess of Arundel and Surrey

by Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1618
81 1/2 in. x 50 in. (2070 mm x 1270 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5293


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Daniel Mytens (1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Alathea Talbot, Countess of Arundel, was the daughter of Gilbert, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury. In this portrait she sits before an idealised view of a gallery, perhaps that at Arundel House on the Strand in London, which was hung with the portraits which her husband had inherited from his great-uncle Lord Lumley, the outstanding collector of the Elizabethan era. Although soberly dressed, the Countess wears magnificent jewels, including a diamond brooch incorporating the letters 'IHS' for Christ. The rococo frame to this portrait may be the work of Jean Antoine Cuenot who was employed by the 9th Duke of Norfolk in the 1750s to make frames for works in his collection.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 5292: Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk (companion portrait)
  • NPG D11108: Alathea, Countess of Arundel and Surrey (related to)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 19
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 12