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After Somer, Paulus van, I (Flemish painter and printmaker, 1576-1621) , Lady Anne Clifford Countess of Dorset

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Title Lady Anne Clifford Countess of Dorset
Collection Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal
Artist After Somer, Paulus van, I (Flemish painter and printmaker, 1576-1621)
Date Earliest about 1715
Date Latest 1723
Description The inscription is a later addition and the sitter has been wrongly identified as the Countess of Cumberland. This painting is actually after a painting by Paulus van Somer, Lady Anne Clifford, in Skipton Castle. The inscription on the Skipton painting reads; 'AETATE SUE 30 1620'. The sitter was born at Skipton Castle in 1590, the daughter of George Clifford 3rd Earl of Cumberland, Queen's Champion to Elizabeth I , who fought the Spanish Armada, and the last Clifford to own Skipton Castle. Lady Anne Clifford fought equally tenaciously for her inheritance rights. She was the only remaining direct descendant of her father, but, as a woman, was denied her inheritance in favour of other male relatives. When all possible male heirs had died she eventually regained her lands and properties as an ageing woman at the outbreak of the Civil War. After the war she undertook extensive restoration of her properties. She married Richard Sackville 3rd Earl of Dorset.
Current Accession Number AH 2304/81
Inscription front ur 'Margaret Countess of Cumberland'
Subject portrait (Clifford, Lady Anne)
Measurements 73 x 60 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Dowager Lady Hothfield with aid from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund 1981.
Provenance Lady Anne Clifford; by descent to the Tuftons; by descent to the Lords Hothfield.
Rights Owner Lakeland Arts Trust
Author Lisa Howard



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