Elizabeth Colyear, Duchess of Dorset (1686-1768)

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 108816

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1709
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1270 x 1016 mm (50 x 40 in)
Place of origin Great Britain
Collection Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Elizabeth Colyear, Duchess of Dorset (1686-1768), British (English) School, 1690.[? -not possible], circa 1709. A three-quarter-length portrait of a young woman, seated, turned slightly to the left, gazing at the spectator, her arm leaning on a plinth, her right hand at her temple, her left hand in her lap holding a bunch of blossoms. She is wearing a grey satin wrap-over dress. A pink curtain on the left is draped over the plinth on which she is leaning in front of which is a flowering plant, from which the blossoms in her hand have come. Large pillar on the right, and a glimpse of sky and trees can be seen between the pillar and the curtain. Daughter of General Walter Philip Colyear and niece of the lst Earl of Portmore. She married, in 1709, Lionel Cranfield Sackville, 7th Earl and lst Duke of Dorset, the great grandson of Mary Curzon, daughter of Sir George Curzon Bt of Croxhall and hence another portrait of her at Knole (NT).


(?Bought by Lord Curzon at the Dawkins sale in 1913; [not in sale catalogue]); bought with part of the contents of Kedleston Hall with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) in 1986 when the house and park were given to the National Trust by Francis Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale (1924-2000)

Credit line

Kedleston Hall, The Scarsdale Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1987)

Marks and inscriptions

Verso: Inscribed in pencil, on top bar of replacement stretcher, on the left: No 3 Passage / left side coming
Verso: Inscribed further right on top bar of replacement stretcher: Bottom passage / North Side
Verso: Inscribed on middle bar of stretcher: Right hand passage stairs / far end No.1

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist
previously catalogued as school of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist

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Materials Canvas (10117)
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Category Art / Oil paintings (12642)
Collection Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum) (7392)
Periods 17th century (33434)
Maker British (English) School (3779)
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723) (584)
Subjects Elizabeth Colyear, Duchess of Dorset (1686-1768) (2)
Object Type Oil painting (14440)

Record Status


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