About this artwork

Lady Hay’s portrait was painted in the same year as the portrait of her husband, George Seton, 3rd Earl of Winton, and their two sons, also on display. Together the couple had five sons and three daughters.

This painting acts as a rich visual source for studying Jacobean costume and jewellery. De Colone has meticulously painted these precious adornments, which are indicative of the sitter’s status. The Countess’s black gown is enlivened by the embroidered waistcoat worn underneath and highlighted by gold and enamel buttons. She wears elaborate jewellery -pinned to either side of her bodice is a large diamond and gold brooch and a miniature case. She wears three diamond rings in various styles, heart-shaped, a flower design and on her right pinkie (little) finger, a point-cut diamond.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
    Adam de Colone (about 1593 - 1628) ScottishFlemish
  • title:
    Lady Anne Hay, Countess of Winton, about 1592 - 1625 / 1628. Wife of the 3rd Earl of Winton
  • date created:
    Dated 1625
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    109.50 x 83.70 cm; Framed: 127.30 x 101.40 x 6.50 cm / 13.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Sir Theophilus Biddulph 1948; received 1969
  • accession number:
    PG 2173
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
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Adam de Colone

Adam de Colone