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William Larkin, ca. 1580–1619
Jane Thornaugh (née Jackson), Lady Thornaugh [2024, YCBA]
Former Title(s):
Portrait of a Young Lady, possibly Jane, Lady Thornhaugh [2017, YCBA]
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on panel
Overall: 44 3/4 × 33 inches (113.7 × 83.8 cm), Frame: 52 1/2 × 40 3/4 inches (133.4 × 103.5 cm)

Inscribed and dated: 'AETATIS. SUAE. 17/ ANO: 1617' (lower left)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
birds | blue | costume | flowers | insects | jacket | mantle | portrait | red | silk | velvet | water
Associated People:
Thornhaugh (née Jackson), Jane (d. 1661)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

This spectacular portrait may represent the seventeen-year-old Jane Jackson (d. 1661). She is dressed in the height of court fashion for the reign of King James I. Her daringly low-cut jacket is embroidered with insects, birds, and flowers, and her skirt is equally magnificent: plants, birds, and fantastic beasts all play upon a watery surface, with the folds of the fabric mirroring the ripples on the water. The costume is completed by a striking mantle of red velvet and blue silk, which is worn across her body. Although the identity of this young woman is not certain, we know that Jane Jackson married Francis Thornhaugh (d. 1643) in around 1617, the year this portrait was painted. Thornhaugh (pronounced “Thorney”) was a prominent member of the Midlands gentry who served as Sheriff of Nottingham. In commissioning this portrait, he turned to the renowned London-born painter William Larkin, who enjoyed the patronage of some of England’s most powerful nobles.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2017

In a New Light: Paintings from the Yale Center for British Art (Yale University Art Gallery, 2023-03-24 - 2023-12-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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