- 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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