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A portrait of a Lady believed to be Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland (1665-1714)

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She wears a blue robe over a matching blue dress and white underslip, her long brown hair falls around her shoulders

Anne was the second daughter of James, duke of York (King James II, 1685–88), and Anne Hyde. Although her father was a Roman Catholic, she was reared a Protestant at the insistence of her uncle, King Charles II. In 1683 Anne was married to the handsome, if uninspiring, Prince George of Denmark (1653–1708), who became her devoted companion.

This miniature bears a close resemblance to many official portraits of the Queen, yet the lack of jewellery, and state robes coupled with the rather loosely styled blue dress and revealing white under slip suggest that this portrait was more likely to have been commissioned as a love token or presented to someone very close to her rather than be painted as a Royal portrait to be distributed to members of the Court or visiting statesmen.
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Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 6, 18 (#29 ) and 67 (sitter #9)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Surface of paint rubbed in the background and parts of the sitter's hair
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