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British School: A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg (custom print)
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          British School: A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg (custom print), 1569
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          Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961

          This portrait on a wooden panel, of a finely dressed young lady, is dated 1569 in an inscription in the upper right corner. A second inscription, upper left, indicates that she is either ages 21 or in her 21st year. The history of this picture prior to the twentieth century is unknown.

          In 1979, a Swedish literary historian, the late Dr Gunnar Sjogren, proposed that the sitter might be the Swedish-born Helena Snakenborg who visited London in 1565 as a young maid of honour to the Swedish Princess Cecilia, where she eventually became one of the Queen’s closest friends and served her for 37 years until Elizabeth’s death in 1603.

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          The Identity of the artist is not known, but this painting shares some characteristics of handling with another portraits of ‘Anne Russell, Countess of Warwick’ and other portraits dating from around 1567-69. This unidentified painter is sometimes called ‘The Master of the Countess of Warwick’. Similarities between these two paintings include the soft treatment of the hair, the thinly outlined lips that meet in a straight horizontal line, and the minute attention given to the details of the costume and jewellery.

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