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Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond

Jacob Huysmans

European Art

On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
Jacob Huysmans painted prominent members of the English court under Charles II and Queen Catherine of Braganza, among them Frances Stuart. Celebrated for her beauty, Stuart served as the model for Britannia, the female personification of Great Britain, in coinage and statues.

Huysmans depicts Stuart here as Athena, the daughter of Zeus and the goddess of intellect, reason, and military victory. She sports the Greek goddess’s attributes: a spear and armor, including a helmet and shield adorned with the serpent-haired head of Medusa.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES mid 1660's
DIMENSIONS 77 3/4 × 46 3/8 in., 161 lb. (197.5 × 117.8 cm) frame: 84 x 52 1/2 in. (213.4 x 133.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. George C. Goodwin
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Jacob Huysmans (Flemish, ca. 1630-1696). Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond, mid 1660's. Oil on canvas, 77 3/4 × 46 3/8 in., 161 lb. (197.5 × 117.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George C. Goodwin, 62.52 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 62.52_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 62.52_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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Jacob Huysmans (Flemish, ca. 1630-1696). <em>Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond</em>, mid 1660's. Oil on canvas, 77 3/4 × 46 3/8 in., 161 lb. (197.5 × 117.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. George C. Goodwin, 62.52 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 62.52_PS6.jpg)