Isaac Oliver (about 1560-1617)
Portrait of an unknown woman in masque costume
Watercolour on vellum, stuck to pasteboard
Signed to the right 'IO' in monogram
Musuem No p3-1942
Given by the National Art Collections Fund
This lady is wearing a costume probably designed for the Masque of Queens. This spectacular court event took place on 2 February 1609 with Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, leading the dancers.