Inscribed at lower left beside the pearl bracelet: "Countess of Southampton"
Versions: According to Strong, this is the only type of the countess of which multiple images exist. Although the original has not been identified, he feels it is possibly by van Somer. There are two versions showing her seated, three-quarter length: the one at Welbeck Abbey shows her turned to the viewer's left, the one at Sherbourne Castle to the right. Two other versions show the figure more than slightlyhalf-length, turned to the right, with her right hand touching an ornament at her breast: one is again at Sherbourne Castle and the other in the National Portrait Gallery, London
Also available as a digital reproduction
First loaned to FSL by Paul Mellon in January 1960 and given on 22 May 1980
Provenance: The pair purchased in September 1950, by John F. Fleming, an associate of the Rosenbach Company, from a Mrs. Henry Mostyn, then living in Riverdale, Md., who was thought to be a direct descendant of the countess of Southampton; collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
Title from Pressly
Strong 1969, vol. 1, p. 301
Exhibited: Detroit Institute of Arts and Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "The World of Shakespeare, 1564-1616," 1964, nos. 13 and 14, as "attributed to Jan Antoniz Ravesteyn"
Washington, D.C., Folger Shakespeare Library, 2005. Consuming Splendor
Also known as
Extended title: Elizabeth Wriothesley, Countess of Southampton after Paulus van Somer
subject: Southampton, Elizabeth Vernon Wriothesley, Countess of, 1573-1655?
artist: Somer, Paul van, approximately 1576-1621
former owner: Fleming, John F.
former owner: Mostyn, Henry, Mrs.
former owner: Mellon, Paul
former owner: Mellon, Paul, Mrs.