15 November 1996
Circle of Michiel Jansz van Miereveldt (1547-1647)
Portrait of Elizabeth, Electress Palatine, full-length, in a brown dress, decorated with pearls, with lace cuffs and collar, her right arm resting on a chair, with a feather fan in her right hand, in an interior
oil on canvas
78½ x 52 in. (198.8 x 133.4 cm.)
By tradition bequeathed by the sitter to William, 1st Earl of Craven and by descent to
Cornelia, Countess of Craven(+); Sotheby's, 27 November 1968, lot 124, as by Paul Van Somer and of Anne of Denmark.
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Dr. G.F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, III, London, 1854, p. 219.
Catalogue of Pictures at Combe Abbey, 1866, no. 231.
A.W. Ward, The Electress Sofia, 1903, illustrated opposite p. 4.
This picture was previously wrongly identified as a portrait of Anne of Denmark by Dr. Waagen (op. cit.) and in the Sotheby's sale of 27 November 1968. Elizabeth, Electress Palatine, was the daughter of King James I and Queen Anne. She married Elector Palatine Frederick V in 1613. They were, however, exiled from the Palatine by Emperor Ferdinad I as a consequence of Frederick V's acceptance of the Bohemian Crown on the death of Emperor Matthies in 1618.
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