Seeking advice on dating, attribution, and costume

Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676), Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, 14th Baroness de Clifford

This is a portrait of Lady Anne Clifford, Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, 14th Baroness de Clifford (1590-1676). The owner of the painting is looking for suggestions for the date of the work, the artist and any comments regarding the significance of the costume (mourning attire?) and the jewellery (particularly the thread that hangs from the left ear). Larger image below.

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Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676), Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, 14th Baroness de Clifford

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  • Lawrence Hendra
    June 20, 2018 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

    Mourning the loss of child in 1618? Something else which may be of interest – Henry Bone made a sketch of this work (or perhaps another version) with the intention of producing a copy in enamel (which he often did). The sketch is in the collection at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG D17479). It has a later inscription that states the subject as ‘Countess of Somerset/ after the original in the collection/ of the Duke of Bedford’. There was clearly some confusion regarding subject but Bedford’s ownership would make sense – Clifford’s grandfather was 2nd Earl of Bedford.

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