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Portrait of Lady Frances Marsham, later Countess of Romney (1755-1795), full-length, in a yellow dress and pink shawl, in a park Landscape by JOSHUA REYNOLDS

Sir JOSHUA REYNOLDS

(BRITISH, 1723 - 1792)

Portrait of Lady Frances Marsham, later Countess of Romney (1755-1795), full-length, in a yellow dress and pink shawl, in a park Landscape , 1776

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Materials:

oil on canvas

Measurements:

94.25 in. (239.40 cm.) (height) by 58.50 in. (148.60 cm.) (width)

Markings:

with inscription and date 'Sir Joshua Reynolds / (Painted in 1776)' (lower right); and with identifying inscription 'Lady Frances (Wyndham), / Wife of the Honble Charles / Marsham, who was afterwards / 3d Baron & 1st Earl of Romney / B. 1755. D. 1795' (lower left)

Exhibited:

London, Royal Academy, 1777, no. 285, as 'Portrait of a Lady whole length'.London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of works by the Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School: Winter Exhibition, 1875, no. 256.London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School: Winter Exhibition, 1894, no. 136.Birmingham City Art Gallery, on loan, 1963-1972.London, 10 Downing Street, on loan, 1972-1978.London, Kenwood House, on loan.London, Spencer House, on loan, 2004-2014.

Literature:

A. Graves & W. Cronin, A History of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, London, 1899, II, pp. 629-30.E.K. Waterhouse, Reynolds, London, 1941, p. 67, no. 285, illustrated.D. Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds. A complete catalogue of his paintings, New Haven and London, 2000, I, p. 328, no. 1223; II, fig. 1142.

Provenance:

By descent to the sitter’s great-grandson, Charles Marsham, 4th Earl of Romney (1841-1906), Leeds Castle, Kent, by whom sold after 1875 to the following,William Beckett-Denison, M.P. (1826-1890), from whom purchased through F.B. Henson for £10,850, by 1890, by the following,Michael Arthur Bass, 1st Lord Burton (1837-1909), by whom placed in the Ball Room, Chesterfeld House, Mayfair, and by descent at Chesterfeld House and Needwood.

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