Formerly at Hamilton Palace, South Lanarkshire, now
at Lennoxlove, East Lothian
Lady Mary Feilding, 3rd Marchioness of Hamilton's
portrait by Van Dyck must have been painted in London in the mid-1630s
and has been in the Hamilton Collection ever since.
It shows the marchioness full-length, in an elegant
satin dress with a low, square neckline edged with fine lace. Her
full sleeves are trimmed at the cuffs with matching lace and her
skirt flows in natural lines from her basqued bodice. She has pearls
in her hair, pearl earrings, a long string of pearls edging her
neckline and pearl bracelets.
The eldest daughter of William, 1st Earl
of Denbigh, Mary was married in 1622 to the 1st Duke of Hamilton,
at that time Earl of Arran. She was nine and he was 14. After giving
birth to six children in as many years, Mary fell ill with a lingering
fever and died in 1638.