Oil on canvas, 121.9cm by 96.5cm.
Lady Anne Carr was born in the Tower of London where her parents were both held on charges of murder. A noted beauty, she became the wife of Lord William Russell, later 5th Earl of Bedford in 1637. The following year Sir Anthony van Dyck painted at least two portraits of her, the most celebrated of which is at Petworth House, West Sussex. The portrait came to Burghley as part of the Devonshire Bequest:”Oyle Colour pictures….A picture of the Countesse of Bedford in a Guilt fframe.”