Maria Caroline Manners, Lady Duff (1775-1805)
Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821)
Pencil and watercolour on paper, Maria Caroline Manners, Lady Duff (1775-1805), by Richard Cosway, RA (1742-1821), 1806. A full-length portrait, in a white dress, standing on a globe, accompanied by two cherubs. The sitter was the second daughter of John Manners and Louisa, Countess of Dysart and married James Duff, afterwards 4th Earl of Fife, in 1799. She died at the age of thirty in 1805. This work, executed in 1806, was commissioned by her husband in memoriam.
William John Manners Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart (1895-1935), at Ham House by 1911; bequeathed with the house in 1935 to Sir Lyonel Tollemache, 4th Bt (1854-1952); by descent to his granddaughter Barbara Judd (1926-2013); purchased by the National Trust at auction at Christie's, South Kensington, London, 15 April 2015 (lot 492).
Makers and roles
Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821), artist
Joel 1911 W.C. Joel, A Catalogue and Valuation of the Furniture, Plate, Books, Pictures and Engravings at Ham House, Petersham, Surrey, Richmond, 1911, p. 17 Daniell 1890 F. B. Daniell, A catalogue raisonné of the engraved works of Richard Cosway, R.A, London, 1890