Portrait of a young woman sitting against a green background. She holds a small psalm book. The book is actually a girdle prayer book, whether it is a psalm book or something else remains to be determined. NW 03/10

Portrait of a Noblewoman, c. 1550

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The woman in this portrait was likely connected to the English court or royal household. She wears a French hood and an elaborate gold brooch, both upper-class indicators. The scene on the brooch shows a seated woman playing what appears to be a lute, with the inscription “Praise the Lorde for ever more.” Her portable prayer book is encased in gold, a type of “girdle book” that was also a high-status item among ladies of the court.

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Title
Portrait of a Noblewoman
Role
Artist
Accession Number
87.6
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Portrait of a young woman sitting against a green background. She holds a small psalm book. The book is actually a girdle prayer book, whether it is a psalm book or something else remains to be determined. NW 03/10