Paul Van SomerLady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent c.1619

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Paul Van Somer (c.1577 or 1578‑c.1621 or 22)
Lady Elizabeth Grey, Countess of Kent
Date c.1619
MediumOil paint on wood
Dimensionssupport: 1143 x 819 mm frame: 1306 x 1005 x 75 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1540


The daughter and co-heiress of the 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, Lady Elizabeth Talbot (1581-1651) married Henry Grey, Lord Ruthin (died 1639) in 1601; he succeeded his father as 8th Earl of Kent in September 1623.

Paul van Somer was a Netherlandish painter, who worked in Amsterdam, Leiden, the Hague and Brussels before settling in London by December 1616. Although his working life in England was to last only five years, he worked, from the outset, for the most elite court patrons. In 1617 he portrayed James I's queen, Anne of Denmark (1574-1619) at full-length in hunting attire (Royal Collection), a work in which he reinvented her visual image. The following year he did the same for the image of James I himself, depicting him in line with mainstream Continental fashion, with the royal regalia on a table at his side (Royal Collection)… (read more)

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