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'Althea Cartwright'

Described in Cartwright's inventory as Altheas pictur her hare descheuell.... Althea Cartwright (d.1666) was the subject of Richard Lovelace's most famous lyric, To Althea, from Prison, written during his confinement in the Gatehouse in 1642 (for Lovelace, see Dobson DPG363). The sitter was presumably a relation of William II Cartwright (see Greenhill DPG393).

Not currently on display

Artist
British School
Date
c.1645-50
Location
Not on display
Dimensions
76.2 x 63.8 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Inscribed lower left, by her right wrist: Althea
Acquisition
Cartwright Bequest, 1686
Accession number
DPG378