Free Talk: Portraits of Lucy Harington Countess of Bedford

February 4 2022

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Picture: Woburn Abbey

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those readers who might be in Greenwich, London, on Wednesday 23rd February 2022 then here is a fascinating free talk to attend. Dr Karen Hearn will be delivering a free talk at the Queen's House, Greenwich, on the subject of ‘Bright Star’:  Portraits of Lucy Harington, Countess of Bedford.

According to the blurb:

More portraits survive of Lucy Harington Russell, 3rd Countess of Bedford (1580-1627) than of any other non-royal Jacobean woman. A Lady of the Bedchamber to James I’s queen, Anna of Denmark, the charismatic Lucy performed in elite Court entertainments and was a patron of writers, including poet John Donne. Currently on loan to the Queen’s House from Woburn Abbey are important full-lengths of Lucy wearing fantastical masque costume, of 1605-6, and a slightly later one of Queen Anna herself. Art historian Karen Hearn will discuss both portraits and consider some further remarkable images of Lady Bedford.

The talk will take place in-person at the Queen's House between 1pm and 1.30pm.

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