5 June 2007
FOLLOWER OF NICHOLAS HILLIARD
A young lady called Frances, Countess of Hertford (c. 1554-1598), holding her long wavy light brown hair in her hands, in lace-bordered multi-coloured floral and gold-embroidered white dress with lace cuffs, red roses and foliage at corsage, red cloak draped over her left shoulder, ruby-set pendant suspended from a ruby-set necklace with matching earrings, gold and ruby crown in her hair; on blue ground within gold border and impresa 'Alterior. Animus.'
bearing inscription and date '.1611. VERA EFFIGIES ILLVSTRISSIMÆ HERONIÆ FRANCISCÆ HERTFORDIÆ COMITISSÆ. Æ. S. 30.'
oval, 2 15/16 in. (75 mm.) high, silver frame with spiral cresting, glazed reverse
Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959).
Gifted to his niece, Ursula Vanda Maud (b. 1912), Countess of Glasgow. Thence by descent to the current owner.
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Frances, Countess of Hertford, was maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I.
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