Lady Dorothy Sydney (1617- 1684) after Sir Anthonis van Dyck (auctioned)

Another copy of this portrait is at Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey in Lacock, Wiltshire, UK. Artuk’s notes for that are. "In about 1635 Lady Dorothy Sydney rejected a proposal of marriage from the poet Edmund Waller. He called her 'Sacharissa' in the poems he wrote to her. This composition was probably devised around the time of her marriage to Henry, 3rd Lord Spencer of Wormleighton (who was created 1st Earl of Sunderland in 1643), in 1639. She is shown as a shepherdess, carrying a crook and holding a pink rose. The rose is a traditional attribute of Venus, goddess of love.”


Lady Dorothy Sydney (1617- 1684) after Sir Anthonis van Dyck (auctioned) From

Lady Dorothy Sydney’s over-sleeves, notched back to reveal puffed under-sleeves, are tacked to the bodice by clasps.

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