Margaret, Lady Tufton
Margaret, Lady Tufton, ca. 1632
Oil on canvas
45 15/16 × 37 3/8 in. (116.68 × 94.93 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Vogel M1956.19
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
Anthony van Dyck, the most talented member of Rubens's workshop, spent six years in Italy, and four in Antwerp, before settling in the spring of 1632 in London, where he worked as court painter to Charles I. He spend the following nine years primarily in London, occupied almost entirely with court portraits. Van Dyck's elegant portrayals of Charles I have helped immortalize the king's reign and provided posterity wiht a vivid picture of the English aristocracy of his time. This painting has recently been identified as Margaret, Lady Tufton (1617-before 1657), the granddaughter of the diplomat and court official Edward, 1st Baron Wotten and the first wife of Sir John Tufton. The original painting by Van Dyck is untraced, but many versions by Van Dyck and his studio are known, including another example at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England.
This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.