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British School, 17th century

Portrait of an unknown lady, perhaps Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth c.1680

Watercolour on vellum laid on card with a gessoed back | 7.3 x 5.8 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 420143

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This miniature is a contemporary portrait by a minor hand, c. 1680, working somewhat in the manner of Nicholas Dixon. A variety of identifications have been suggested for the sitter since the miniature was first acquired by Prince Albert in 1854, including Catherine Dorrell Lady Harrington, but comparison with contemporary portraits strongly suggests that the sitter is Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, mistress of Charles II.

Text adapted from Charles II: Art and Power, London 2017