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

Description

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.

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