Archive for October 21st, 2013

October 21, 2013

Lady Ann Fanshawe

Painted by Cornelius Johnson, Lady Ann was wife of Sir Richard Fanshawe the royalist courtier and diplomat. After the war she wrote an account of their adventures and travels during the hostilities. Here, in a more peaceful time she is painted in a black silk bodice and wrap over a fine low cut linen smock with lace edging to the collar. The linen and lace is so fine as to be transparent. The painting is kept at Valence House Museum in Barking, Essex.

Ann Fanshawe (1625–1680), Wife of Sir Richard Fanshawe