Frances Devereux, Countess of Hertford, and later Duchess of Somerset by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (auctioned by Sotheby's)

Her artcle in thepeerage is here. The article also uses another version of this portrait that I believe is that of Frances Howard.

From Wikimedia; filled in shadows.

Frances Devereux, by Anthony van Dyck

This portrait shows a style that would persist until the awkward mantuas arrived much later in the century. Her neckline is very daring.

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