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Portrait of a Lady

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The sitter has been identified as Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Christopher Kenn of Kenn Court, who married John Poulett and died in 1663. However, in early Bodleian catalogues, she is described as a member of the Duke of Bolton's family (Orde-Powlett), who presented to the Library, on 9 July 1636, needlework of her own working representing scenes from the gospels, together with her own portrait. She is holding a panel of the Penitent Magdalen and has a pet squirrel on her arm.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1620


oil on canvas


H 195 x W 136 cm

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Acquisition method

Acquired, 1845

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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