Lady Elizabeth Stanley (1753–1797), Countess of Derby

Artist: George Romney (British, Beckside, Lancashire 1734–1802 Kendal, Cumbria)

Date: 1776–78

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949

Accession Number: 49.7.57


On November 27, 1776, Lady Derby first sat for this portrait. She returned to Romney's Cavendish Square studio ten times in the winters of 1777 and 1778. She was twenty-three with a son and had been married for two and a half years. The romantic background and her white dress are typical of Romney's portraits of women.