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In this portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria she is shown facing forward with her left shoulder slightly towards us and her arms cradled. She wears a gold-coloured silk dress with a lavish lace collar and cuffs, a black bow around her waist, two strings of pearls, a brooch and a diamond pendant. A jewelled crown rests on a table to her right.
A label originally on the painting from the 1970s reads: 'A close variant, probably early 18th century from the portrait by Van Dyck now at Windsor Castle, differing in the position of the hands and in the background. The original was painted c.1632 very soon after Van Dyck’s arrival in London from Antwerp for his final English stay'.
early 18th C
oil on canvas
H 107 x W 81 cm
gift from Mr John Francis Taylor, past Governor, 1890