The sitter's pendant displays the heraldic device of 'azure a chevron' between three mullets, the coat-of-arms of the Chetwynd family. The Chetwynds were influential landowners and churchmen in Staffordshire in the 17th century. The age and unmarried status of the sitter would suggest a most likely identification as Mary Chetwynd, only daughter of Sir Walter Chetwynd of Ingestre, Sheriff of Salop (died 1638). She later married George Digby of London.
Cornelis Johnson van Ceulen
1593 – 1661
A Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mary Chetwynd, Bust-Length, in a red Brocade Dress with a Lace Trim, a Miniature with her Coat-of-Arms hanging from her Neck, in a painted Oval with a Marble Surround.
Oil on canvas
Signed and Dated: 'C J fecit/1628'
30 3/8 x 25 1/2 inches, 76 x 63.8 cm