ca. 1637 Mary, Lady Killigrew (c.1615-1686) by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (private collection)

Lady Killigrew wears something like a fur stole attached to her bodice in this van Dyck portrait from around 1637. Philip Mould posts this in "Historical Portraits." Their notes about this portrait are here. The notes include this paragraph, "Mary Killigrew was the daughter of John Hill of Homiley, Warwickshire. She married Sir William (1606-1695), one of seven sons and five daughters born to Sir Robert Killigrew and his wife Mary (née Woodhouse), and had by him three sons and a daughter who married Sir Francis Clinton, Earl of Lincoln. Mary was a dresser to Queens Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza, and this would certainly explain her appearance in the Wilton portrait with the Countess of Morton (if indeed it is she) who was a close aide to Henrietta Maria. Her husband Sir William was knighted in 1626, taking a Grand Tour of Europe before being elected M.P. for Newport and Penryn in Cornwall, and appointed Governor of Pendennis Castle and Falmouth Haven. He was made gentleman usher to Charles I, studying with him at Oxford and commanding one of the troops of horses that guarded the king during the civil war."

She wears something like a fur stole attached to her bodice.

Keywords:  1637, van Dyck, British, Mary Killigrew, Killigrew family, Lady-in-Waiting, long straight coiffure, jeweled headdress, scoop neckline, puffed sleeves, stole, fur, necklace, earrings, clasp


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