This portrait of Lady Diana Cecil is tricky. It was made around 1614, when she was between 14 and 18 years old. The inscription above her head says that she is the Countess of Oxford. She did, indeed, marry Henry de Vere, 18th Earl of Oxford, but in 1624, 10 years after the portrait was made, and 5 years after the death of the artist.
Was the inscription a later addition? Or does the portrait belong to some other Countess of Oxford?
She married twice, second time to Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin, and both of her husbands were in the middle of tumultuous events of her time.
The fabrics and decorations on the painting are so exquisite and a bit rebellious in unevenly cut slashes of the gown. Seems like a very fancy choice for a young girl from a privileged family 😊. Portrait of Diana Cecil by William Larkin, 1614, Suffolk collection.