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Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865) and her Son George Henry Robert Charles William Vane-Tempest, Viscount Seaham, later 5th Marquess of Londonderry (1821-1884)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1827 - 1828 (exh at RA)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

2692 x 1778 mm (106 x 70 in)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Mount Stewart, County Down (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Mount Stewart, County Down, Northern Ireland, National Trust

NT 1542446

Caption

The great heiress, Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800 – 1865) - the only daughter of Sir Henry Vane Tempest, 2nd Bt - and her son George Henry Robert, Viscount Seaham, later 5th Marquess of Londonderry (1821 - 1884) stand on the steps of Wynyard Park, her father’s seat in Co. Durham. The landscape in which the 7, 000-acre estate was situated can be seen beyond the terrace behind them. She had married Charles William Stewart, who became 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (1778 – 1854), as his second wife in 1819. Her son succeeded his father as 2nd Earl Vane in 1854 and his half-brother as 5th Marquess of Londonderry in 1872.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800 - 1865) and her Son George, Viscount Seaham, later 5th Marquess of Londonderry (1821 - 1884) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), 1828. Double full-length portrait of the wife of Charles, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry and their son George, Viscount Seaham, later the 5th Marquess, on the steps of Wynyard Park, County Durham, overlooking the landscape, she in a long red velvet dress with a train and wearing jewellery (including the amethyst sleeve clasps which were a gift from Tsar Alexander I of Russia), he in a red military jacket and white trousers.

Provenance

By family descent; accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust for display at Mount Stewart, 2015.

Makers and roles

Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830), artist of original

References

Armstrong 1913 Sir Walter Armstrong, Lawrence, London, 1913, p. 148 Garlick 1989 Kenneth Garlick, Sir Thomas Lawrence. A complete catalogue of the oil paintings, Oxford, 1989, no. 510 (b) Levey 2005 Michael Levey, Sir Thomas Lawrence, New Haven and London, 2005, pp. 283 and 287, pl. 152 Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769 - 1830 (ed. Michael Levey), exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery, 9th November 1979 - 16 March 1980, no. 48, p. 80 De Bruijn 2015 Emile de Bruijn et al, 'Acquisitions' in National Trust Historic Houses & Collections Annual (Apollo), 2015, pp. 57 - 66

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