Lady Rachel Cavendish, Countess of Orford (1727-1805)
||Art / Oil paintings
||circa 1743 - circa 1750
||Oil on canvas (oval)
||686 x 597 mm (27 x 23 1/2 in)
|Place of origin
Lady Rachel Cavendish, Lady Walpole was the third and youngest daughter of William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (1698-1755) and Catherine Hoskins (d.1777). She married, in 1748, Horatio Walpole, 2nd Baron Walpole of Wolterton (1723-1809). The Earldom of Orford was revived in his favour in 1806.
This picture hangs with its companion piece, of ‘Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, Lady Ponsonby’, in the Dining Room at Hardwick. It appears that their elder sister, Caroline, was not painted at this time, because she had already flown the nest.
Oil painting on canvas, Lady Rachel Cavendish, Countess of Orford (1727-1805), attributed to Jeremiah Davison (Scotland c.1695 – London after 1750), circa 1743/50. A half-length portrait of a young woman, turned to left, wearing white satin dress with bluw bows and smalll hat with white ostrich feathers.
In Agar-Ellis 1817 catalogue of Hardwick Hall; thence By inheritance until, following the death of Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895 - 1950), Hardwick Hall and its contents were accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death duties and transferred to the National Trust, in 1959
Hardwick Hall, The Devonshire Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Rachel Ly Walpole
Makers and roles
attributed to Jeremiah Davison (Scotland c.1695 – London after 1750), artist