Joan Carlile portrait
Portrait of an Unknown Lady, 1650-55, by Joan Carlile that has been acquired by the date.

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Portrait of an Unknown Lady, 1650-55, by Joan Carlile was purchased on a hunch by dealer Bendor Grosvenor at a Woolley & Wallis sale in 2014 for £4200.

It was acquired by the Tate for £35,000.

Based in Covent Garden, Carlile (1606-79) was probably the first woman to work in Britain as a professional painter.

The portrait will be conserved before it is displayed in April. Portrait of an Unknown Lady, 1650-55 by Joan Carlile was purchased on a hunch by dealer Bendor Grosvenor at a Woolley & Wallis sale in 2014 for £4200.

It was acquired by the Tate for £35,000.

Based in Covent Garden, Carlile (1606-79) was probably the first woman to work in Britain as a professional painter.

The portrait will be conserved before it is displayed in April.