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Mary Neville, Lady Dacre, c. 1555-1558

Hans Eworth
Flemish, British, 1520 - 1574
oil on oak
73.7 x 57.8 cm
Purchased 1925
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3337)

In dress that suggests mourning and with a forget-me-not at her breast, Lady Dacre is portrayed before an image of her first husband, Thomas Fiennes, 9th Baron Dacre. He was executed some years earlier for his involvement in the killing of a gamekeeper. In 1558, Dacre's title and assets were reinstated as the result of a petition, which may well be what his widow is drafting here.

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