1654 Countess Teresa Dudley di Carpegna by Justus Sustermans (Walters Museum - Baltimore, Maryland USA)

The Walters Museum's notes for this follow, "Theresa Dudley (1624-98) was the daughter of Sir Robert Dudley, an English aristocrat who was in the service of Grand Duke Cosimo II de' Medici in Florence. In 1649, she married Count Mario di Carpegna, high steward to Cardinal Carlo de' Medici. The companion portrait of her husband remains in the family's possession. Many Italian artists thought that portraits made from life were not challenging, and, therefore, several Flemish portraitists were able to make prosperous careers serving the aristocracy of Italy, in Sustermans's case, the Medici rulers of Florence and their circle. The artist's brushwork brings out the delicacy of the countess's skin, set off by frothy sleeves. The dress, jewelry, and pose are simplified versions of an earlier portrait (possibly this one - gogm) by Sustermans of the grand duchess, wife of Cosimo II. In this way, the countess paid a complement to her social superior." According to Wikipedia, Cosimo II's wife was Maria Magdalena of Austria.

I cannot locate anything about her in thepeerage.

From Wikimedia.

Countess Teresa wears a somber black dress ornamented with a white fichu tied off with a brooch and under-sleeves adorned with black ribbons for her 1654 Sustermans portrait.

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