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Portrait of an Old Lady in a Ruff

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Half-length right-side portrait of Elizabeth Buggin (?1578–1657), a middle-aged lady wearing a black dress with a deeply-pleated white ruff and cuffs in a fine sheer fabric. A narrow white band across her forehead forms the edge of her black wimple-style head covering. Her hands are positioned in front of her waist, with the fingers of her right handheld in an elegant gesture. She has short, dark hair and a slightly double chin. There is a feigned oval surround painted in dark colours, with a neutral background.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on panel


H 76.6 x W 65.1 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Miss Henrietta Close, 1947

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : tlc : inscription : AEts. 54 artist's inscription : : trc : date : 1633


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