A Portrait of Magdalen, Viscountess Montague (1538-1608), Manner of Antonis Mor (1517-1577).

Oil on canvas, 228.6cm by 127.8cm. Pair to PIC356.

In a carved giltwood and painted Sansovino frame.

Magdalen was the daughter of William, Lord Dacre and the second wife of Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montague.

A devout Catholic, she was a maid of honour at the marriage of Mary Tudor to Philip II of Spain in Winchester Cathedral.

The Montagues were ancestors of Isabella Poyntz, wife of Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter (1795-1867), and this portrait and its pair, were bought by the 2nd Marquess in 1844.

They are now thought to have been painted posthumously in the 17th or 18th Century, after lost originals.

Antonis Mor, a Dutch portrait painter, was much sought after by the courts of Europe.


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