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Anna of Saxony

The former identification of this sitter as the Duchess of Suffolk was based on the Cartwright inventory but it has not been possible to connect it with any British lady of rank. The new identification of the sitter as Anna of Saxony (1544-1577) is based on comparison with a print by Abraham de Bruyn, inscribed 'Anna van Sassen gravinne tot nasou ...' (Anna of Saxony, Countess of Nassau). Anna married William of Orange, Stadtholder of the Netherlands, in 1561. They divorced in 1571, making the latter date a terminus ante quem for the portrait.

Not currently on display

Flemish School
Possibly late 16th Century
105.4 x 78.1 cm
Oil on panel
Cartwright Bequest, 1686
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