The sitter for this portrait may be Marguerite de Valois (1553-1615), daughter of Catherine de Medici, and first wife of Henri IV of France. She wears a white dress decorated with golden ribbon and pearls. She has a pearl necklace and pearls intertwined on her hair locks.
Portrait of a French Princess
School of François Clouet
France, ca. 1565
Oil on panel.
13 x 9 1/2 inches (330 x 241 mm); framed: 22 1/2 x 20 1/8 inches (572 x 211 mm)
Bequest of J.P. Morgan, Jr.
A label affixed to the reverse of the frame is inscribed in a 19th century hand, "Isabelle of Portugal".
Ralph Bernal, 1855; Sir Coutts Lindsay (collected 1866-78); by descent to Lady Lindsay; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan from Alfred Strolin, Paris, 1911; J.P. Morgan, Jr; Bequest of J.P. Morgan, Jr.