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Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619)

Portrait of a Lady, perhaps Penelope, Lady Rich (1563-1607) c.1589

RCIN 420020

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The inclusion of a tiny five-pointed star (stella) in this woman’s hair suggests that this may be a portrait of Penelope, Lady Rich, thought to have been the inspiration for Stella in Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella.