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Olivia Boteler Porter (d.1663)

Photo credit: The Bowes Museum

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This portrait was formerly thought to represent Queen Henrietta Maria. The sitter was instead the Queen's lady-in-waiting, Olivia Boteler Porter, the wife of Anthony van Dyck's friend and patron Endymion Porter, whom she married in 1619. While in England, Van Dyck painted a number of portraits of different members of the family. The white satin dress with long puffed sleeves was intended as a classicising note of timelessness. Olivia Porter was the daughter of Sir John Boteler and Elizabeth Villiers, niece of the Duke of Buckingham. The red carnation in her hair might be a heraldic motif, since it appears in other images of female members of the Villiers family.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Olivia Boteler Porter (d.1663)




oil on canvas


H 72.4 x W 61 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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