- Portrait of Mary Hill, Lady Killigrew, 1638
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck
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- Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, Tate Members and the bequest of Alice Cooper Creed 2003.
The sitter’s husband, Sir William Killigrew was a courtier to Charles I, and later, a playwright. Sir William’s portrait by Van Dyck was acquired by Tate in 2002. The present portrait of his wife was acquired from an entirely different source less than a year later. The two pictures were known to have been apart for at least 150 years. They are now reunited and on display at Tate Britain.
Lady Mary is seen wearing a simplified gown, lacking the richly textured lace that was so time consuming to paint. This seems to be Van Dyck’s choice, and his reputation as a painter meant that his female sitters were willing to accept this.
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