Unknown woman, formerly known as Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

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Unknown woman, formerly known as Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, by Unknown artist, circa 1535 - NPG 2607 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown woman, formerly known as Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1535
24 3/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (629 mm x 489 mm)
Given by The Art Fund, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2607


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The identity of the sitter in this portrait is not certain, but is traditionally thought to be Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. The honeysuckle blossom has connotations of love and faithfulness, and the tiny barrel charm may be an allusion to the execution of her father George, Duke of Clarence, who was apparently drowned in a butt of malmsey wine (sweet wine imported from Greece).

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  • Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 23
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 689
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 272