Mary Millet (1617–1659)

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A three-quarter, left side, portrait of Mary Millet (1617–1659). She looks straight at the viewer, her face framed by her ringlets of dark hair. She is shown as a lady in a red embroidered dress with puffed sleeves, tied with a yellow ribbon, and a lace collar. She wears a plumed headdress, which is trimmed with pearls and which sits near the back of her head. A large pendant at her neck is teardrop-shaped, with six black droplets. A matching ring is tied to her collar with a piece of ribbon, and a second ring is visible on the fourth finger of her left hand. Beaded bracelets adorn her wrist. At the top left of the feigned oval surround, Mary's age is documented as '15'. This painting was probably made to celebrate her betrothal to William Buggin, who is represented in the accompanying painting (accession number 1947.

Manchester Art Gallery



Mary Millet (1617–1659)




oil on panel


H 78 x W 60 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

bequeathed by Miss Henrietta Close, 1947

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Inscription description

Inscribed tlc: AEts. 15 Inscribed trc :1633


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