Elizabeth Poulett

Elizabeth Poulett

Follower of
Robert Peake, English, 1551-1619
Oil paint on panel
Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Follower of Robert Peake 
British, about 1551-1619
Elizabeth Poulett, 1616
Oil paint on panel
Inscribed and dated at upper left, 1616 / Æ t.22
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17069

This object is currently on view
image height: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; image width: 23 1/2 in, 59.69 cm; frame height: 38 1/2 in, 97.79 cm; frame width: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; frame depth: 2 1/8 in, 5.3975 cm
European and American Art Before 1900
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Elizabeth Poulett was twenty-two when she sat for this portrait. After the death of her husband, she married Jack Ashburnham, son of Sir John Ashburnham, whose portrait is also in the Berger Collection. Beneath her lavishly decorated dress is a petticoat called a wheel farthingale, an undergarment that flattened the abdomen and tilted the dress up at the back. The style was brought from Spain—possibly by Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII—early in the 1500s and remained popular for over a century.

Known Provenance
By descent to John Poulett, 1st Earl Poulett, and always at Hinton House; Hinton House sale, Sotheby’s, February 19, 1969, lot 17; with Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1969; Lady Merton; with Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1977; private collection, Australia; with Thomas Agnew & Sons, London [the foregoing from coll. files]; from whom acquired by William M.B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; gifted to the Denver Art Museum, 2021. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.

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