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Title: Mary Cornwallis

Object Name: painting

Artist/Maker: Gower, George
Role in production: artist
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England
Date: 1580-1585 (circa)

Accession Number: 1953.112
Location on Display: First floor: Gallery 9 Changing Displays
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • oil paint/


  • oil on panel

Three quarter length portrait of Mary Cornwallis, wife of the Earl of Bath, in sumptuous Elizabethan dress consisting of pearl headdress, wide ruff, linen sleeves embroidered with blackwork and a plain black velvet gown hung with pearls and brooches. A pendant with classical portrait of a bearded man hangs on a ribbon from her girdle. She stands, one hand playing with her pearls, the other resting by her side, carrying a gold fan inscribed with a coat of arms.


Type: unframed
Height: 117.2 cm
Width: 94 cm

Type: framed
Height: 142.0
Width: 119.0
Depth: 6.5