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Probably Mary, Lady Scudamore

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Probably Mary, Lady Scudamore, by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, 1615 - NPG 64 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Probably Mary, Lady Scudamore

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
oil on panel, 1615
45 in. x 32 1/2 in. (1143 mm x 826 mm)
Purchased, 1859
Primary Collection
NPG 64


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Little is known about Lady Scudamore, but this portrait appears to have been commissioned to commemorate the marriage of her son, John, later Viscount Scudamore, to Elizabeth Porter of Dauntsey, Wiltshire. The date of the wedding is inscribed in the top right corner. Lady Scudamore's melancholic smile, the motto 'No Spring Till now', and the wreath of flowers suggest the regeneration and hope which the marriage must have represented within the family. The sitter has one hand in her fur-lined coat, a pose used by Gheeraerts in a number of his female portraits of about this date.

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