The Sackville Children

Artist: John Hoppner (British, London 1758–1810 London)

Date: 1796

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 60 x 49 in. (152.4 x 124.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Thomas W. Lamont, 1948

Accession Number: 53.59.3


The children of the third Duke of Dorset were painted in the summer of 1796 at Knole, the Sackville family seat. They are (left to right): Lady Mary Sackville (1792–1864), later Countess of Plymouth and Countess Amherst; the Duke's only son, Lord Middlesex (1793–1815), later the fourth Duke of Dorset; and Lady Elizabeth Sackville (1795–1870), later Countess De La Warr and Baroness Buckhurst. The picture was shown at the Royal Academy in 1797 under the title "Portraits of a nobleman's children."