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Madam Philadelphia Saunders

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    late 17th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Browne, Alexander Alex (engraver)
    Browne, Alexander Alex (bookseller)
    Lely, Peter (Sir), born 1618 - died 1680 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 58

Physical description

Full-length portrait of Philadelphia Saunders, who is depicted as a shepherdess seated in landscape. In her right hand she holds a staff and feeds a sheep with her left. Behind the sitter is a tree, and in the background to the right is a landscape.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


late 17th century (printed)


Browne, Alexander Alex (engraver)
Browne, Alexander Alex (bookseller)
Lely, Peter (Sir), born 1618 - died 1680 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Madam Philadelphia Saunders P. Lelij Eques pinxit. Sould by Alex: Browne at ye blew Balcony in little Queen street.'


Height: 34 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

Print, full-length portrait of Philadelphia Saunders as a shepherdess. Mezzotint, 2nd state, possibly by Alexander Browne after Sir Peter Lely, late 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

This print was also published by Alexander Browne.



Subjects depicted

Staff; Sheep; Arcadia; Landscape; Shepherdess; Tree


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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