The sitter in this portrait has not yet been identified. Her dress and pose relate most closely to portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck, who worked at the court of Charles I (1600–1649). The picture appears in nineteenth-century inventories of Dyrham Park and is listed as a portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, with her dog. However, it may represent an ancestor of William Blathwayt I (1649–1717), who formed the collection at Dyrham Park, or of someone connected with the Blathwayt family. One possible contender is Frances Gerrard, the mother of Mary Wynter (1650–1691) who married William Blathwayt I in 1686.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Dyrham Park
Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire, England, SN14 8ER
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.