"ca. 1633" Frances Howard (1578–1639), afterwards Stewart, Duchess of Lennox and Richmond after Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Kenwood House - Hampstead, London, UK)

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The Duke of Richmond committed suicide in 1621 after his secret marriage to Frances Howard became public. She married Ludovic Stewart just two months later so the date 1633 is probably the result of a typographical error. Duke Ludovic died in bed in 1623.

From bbc.co; removed spots with Photoshop and filled in shadows and increased exposure.

"ca. 1633" Frances Howard (1578–1639), afterwards Stewart, Duchess of Lennox and Richmond after Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Kenwood House - Hampstead, London, UK) shadows inc. exp despot

Tastes change, but this trés décolleté dress may not be appropriate for mourning wear in 1623. Her ruff may hide the top of a draped necklace that passes through her sheer bertha. She appears to be wearing another bodice ornament beneath the double row of pearls.

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