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Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer


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Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Creator: Paulus van Somer

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, c1600, (1942). Portrait of author, playwright and poet Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621), one of the first English women to achieve a major reputation for her poetry and literary patronage. After an oil painting made late 16th-early 17th century. From " English Women", by Edith Sitwell. [Collins, London, 1942]

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This print showcases Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, a remarkable woman who left an indelible mark on English literature and patronage during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The portrait, created by Paulus van Somer in 1942, beautifully captures her elegance and influence. Mary Sidney Herbert was not only an accomplished author, playwright, and poet but also one of the first English women to achieve widespread recognition for her literary talents. Her poetry resonated with readers across England and beyond, solidifying her reputation as a pioneering female writer. In this portrait, Mary exudes grace and sophistication. She is adorned in a stunning pearl dress that reflects both her aristocratic status and love for fine jewelry. A delicate lace collar frames her face while a pearl necklace adorns her neck—a symbol of wealth and refinement. The artist masterfully recreates the fashion trends of the Elizabethan era through Mary's attire—her bodice accentuating her figure while maintaining modesty according to societal norms at the time. The elaborate neck ruff adds an air of grandeur to the overall composition. This print serves as a testament to Mary Sidney Herbert's significant contributions to literature as well as her influential role within British society during this pivotal period in history. It stands as a reminder of how she defied gender expectations to become an esteemed writer whose legacy continues to inspire generations today.

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