Portrait of a seated woman head turned to her proper right looking downward at an angle, she wears a white dress with two red jewels at center of dress associated with two strands of pearls and one larger central pearl, a blue cape drapes over proper right shoulder and covers lap.

Anne, Countess of Strafford, 1758–59

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Lady Strafford (c. 1715–85) was born into a wealthy noble family and married into one as well. She and her husband, William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford, moved in a social set that included luminaries such as the author and art historian Horace Walpole. Walpole considered the countess a “vast beauty” and immortalized her charms in a poem published in 1765. This portrait was later reproduced by at least four engravers, evidence that painter, portrait, and sitter were all held in high regard.

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Title
Anne, Countess of Strafford
Artist Life
1723–1792
Role
Artist
Accession Number
99.63
Catalogue Raisonne
Mannings, 1857.
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Portrait of a seated woman head turned to her proper right looking downward at an angle, she wears a white dress with two red jewels at center of dress associated with two strands of pearls and one larger central pearl, a blue cape drapes over proper right shoulder and covers lap.