Lady Rachel Cavendish, Countess of Orford (1727-1805)

attributed to Jeremiah Davison (Scotland c.1695 – London after 1750)
National Trust Inventory Number 1129191

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date circa 1743 - circa 1750
Materials Oil on canvas (oval)
Measurements 686 x 597 mm (27 x 23 1/2 in)
Place of origin England
Collection Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

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.

Summary description

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

Credit line

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

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