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Portrait of Catherine Howard, Countess of Salisbury, Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680).

Catherine Howard (c.1588-1773), a daughter of Thomas, 1st Earl of Suffolk was the wife of William, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, a grandson of William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley. The portrait, with its pendant of her husband, also by Lely, came to Burghley in 1690 as part of an inheritance known as the 1690 Deed of Gift, or Devonshire Schedule. This comprised a very substantial bequest from their daughter Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire, to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter, and included many family portraits and miniatures which became the nucleus of the Burghley Collection.

The Dutch born Lely arrived in England in 1641 and after the death of Sir Anthony van Dyck later that year, Lely succeeded him as the most fashionable portrait painter in England.


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