ca. 1635 Catherine Murray, née Bruce, Countess of Dysart, by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Philip Mould)

Anthonis van Dyck portrayed many Countesses including this lady, the Countess of Dysart. Her article in thepeerage.com is here. Philip Mould’s now removed article about this portrait stated:  "This impressive portrait shows Van Dyck's talent for depicting his sitter's honestly, without fatuous idealisation, and Lady Dysart is recognisably a woman of middle age, but the luciousness of the paintwork, and the exqusite treatment of details and accessories, the pearls in the necklace about her neck, the jewellery in her dress and hair and beautiful folds of her silk dress serve to enhance the dignity of her age - not to distract from it.” I do not know where it is now.

A copy of this portrait is located at Ham House in London at Richmond-upon-Thames. 

The higher waistline and décolletage recall the silhouettes of contemporary jacket and stomacher dresses.

Keywords:  1635, van Dyck, Catherine Bruce, Countess of Dysart, Bruce family, Murray family, Countess, British, proto-hurluberlu coiffure, chignon, bangs, jeweled headdress, earrings, necklace, fitted bodice, trapezoidal décolletage, floral bodice ornament, brooch, modesty piece, elbow length puffed sleeves, lining, clasps, girdle, vee waistline, jeweled skirt, wrap


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