Portrait of a Young Noblewoman
c. 1629
Daniel Mytens the Elder (Dutch, 1590-1642)
Not on View

This painting was attributed to the Spanish painter Juan Carreño de Miranda (1614–85) when it appeared at auction in New York in 1907. By the time it entered the Duveen stock in 1944, it was attributed to Daniel Mytens, a Dutch painter active at the English court of King James I from 1618 to 1634. The sitter was identified as Elizabeth Stuart (1596–1662). The perception that the sitter was Elizabeth, who would become the Queen of Bohemia and was King James’s first-born and only surviving daughter, is largely based on the single lock of hair hanging down from her neck, which was Elizabeth’s personal hallmark. Many of the members of her court and beyond adopted the whimsical hairstyle. Her costume, however, with its abundance of fine, detailed lace and jewels, defines her as a high-status woman of great wealth and power.


  • Artist Name: Daniel Mytens the Elder (Dutch, 1590-1642)
  • Title: Portrait of a Young Noblewoman
  • Date: c. 1629
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 77 x 48-1/2 in. (195.6 x 123.2 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1965.1.042.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Stanford White (1853-1906), White Cottage, St. James, Long Island, New York (sale, New York, American Art Association, 4-6 April 1907, no. 119 as Juan Carreño de Miranda).
[Duveen Brothers, New York, by 1945, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

England's World of 1607

  • Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1957-05 to 1957-09

[on loan]

  • New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1965-12 to 1973-04

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles, The Music Center, The Founders Room, 1973-05 to 1984-03

Selected Old Masters

  • New York, Duveen Brothers, 1945 to 1946

Jacobean Portraits

  • New York, Duveen Brothers, 1958 to 1959

Masterworks of Flemish and Related Art. Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture

  • New York, Duveen Art Galleries, 1964-02 to 1964-04

Encountering the Dutch Likeness: Portraiture in 17th Century Holland

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-09-02 to 1996

Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon's Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2014-10-24 to 2015-02-16
  • Breuning, M., Art Digest, p. 7
  • Douglas, R. Langton, The Connoisseur, pp. 162-166, 220
  • La Farge, Henry, Art News, p. 12
  • Duveen Brothers, New York, Masterworks of Flemish and Related Art. Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, 1964,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. D37 p. 444

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