Oil on panel, 30.5cm by 24.1cm.
Joan Carlisle (nee Palmer), the daughter of a Royal Parks official was one of the first women in England to paint professionally. She copied the Italian Masters in miniature and was also an accomplished portrait painter. This portrait was formerly attributed to Edmund Ashfield (fl. 1660-1690) and appears in the 1763 Burghley Inventory: “The Japan Closet….Lady Herbert by Edmund Ashfield”.