- Museum number
Portrait of Anne Carr (?), Countess of Bedford; three-quarter length standing to front, wearing a necklace and pulling a glove onto her right hand
Black chalk on grey-brown paper
- Production date
- 1640 (c.)
Height: 418 millimetres
Width: 241 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probably a study for the painting by Anthony van Dyck of the Countess, now at Petworth House; the painting is later engraved by Lombart and others.
Literature: Roger.-A. d'Hulst and Horst Vey, 'Antoon van Dyck: Tekeningen en olieverfschetsen', exh.cat. Rubenshuis (Antwerp) and Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Antwerp, 1960, cat.no.118; L. Stainton and C. White, 'Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogart', 1987, p.91, no.52, fig.52.
Stainton & White 1987
The sitter, daughter of the Earl of Somerset, married William, Lord Russell (later 5th Earl of Bedford and 1st Duke of Bedford) in 1637.
The drawing is a summary preparatory study for for the three-quarter-length portrait at Petworth (Millar (1982) 41), in which it can be seen that she is holding her glove in her right hand. The painting is one of a set of four portraits of Countesses - probably inspired by the European tradition of series of portraits of court beauties or famous women - which were commissioned by the Earl of Northumberland. The commission probably dates from relatively late in Van Dyck's career.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1960 July-Nov Antwerp-Rotterdam, 'Antoon van Dyck', no.118
1979 Jul-Sep, Kenwood, Iveagh Bequest, 'Thomas Hudson', no. 71
1987 Jun-Aug, BM, 'Hilliard to Hogarth'
1987 Sep-Nov, New Haven, 'Hilliard to Hogarth'
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