Show me:
and
Clear all filters

  • 32 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 24 items Explore
  • 47 items
  • 92 items
  • 3,500 items Explore
  • 89 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 41 items
  • 9,899 items Explore
  • 209 items Explore
  • 1,211 items Explore
  • 7,418 items Explore
  • 4,947 items Explore
  • 74 items Explore
  • 101 items Explore
  • 9,418 items Explore
  • 13,022 items Explore
  • 4,331 items Explore
  • 52 items
  • 5 items
  • 127 items Explore
  • 2,035 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 4,687 items Explore
  • 24 items Explore
  • 440 items Explore
  • 18,112 items Explore
  • 34 items Explore
  • 1,919 items Explore
  • 960 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 4,981 items Explore
  • 407 items Explore
  • 29 items
  • 923 items Explore
  • 1 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 9 items
  • 16,229 items Explore
  • 787 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 68 items Explore
  • 33 items
  • 798 items
  • 20 items
  • 61 items
  • 28 items
  • 303 items Explore
  • 6 items
  • 44 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2 items
  • 134 items
  • 2 items
  • 107 items Explore
  • 116 items
  • 897 items Explore
  • 834 items
  • 91 items
  • 27 items
  • 7 items
  • 23,528 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,309 items Explore
  • 1,501 items Explore
  • 352 items
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,655 items Explore
  • 8,912 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1 items
  • 39 items
  • 3 items
  • 4 items
  • 5,733 items Explore
  • 5,567 items Explore
  • 4,026 items Explore
  • 857 items Explore
  • 848 items Explore
  • 2,488 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 312 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,925 items Explore
  • 20 items Explore
  • 309 items Explore
  • 726 items Explore
  • 828 items Explore
  • 476 items Explore
  • 1,134 items Explore
  • 988 items
  • 89 items
  • 125 items Explore
  • 5,180 items Explore
  • 163 items
  • 311 items
  • 7 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 29 items
  • 58 items
  • 302 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 2,831 items Explore
  • 1,292 items Explore
  • 69 items
  • 43 items
  • 17,908 items Explore
  • 1,099 items Explore
  • 138 items
  • 931 items Explore
  • 28 items
  • 1 items
  • 145 items Explore
  • 18 items
  • 23 items
  • 252 items
  • 311 items
  • 823 items Explore
  • 1,893 items
  • 276 items Explore
  • 2,252 items
  • 2,102 items
  • 6 items
  • 2 items
  • 2 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,683 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 29,677 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3,052 items Explore
  • 191 items Explore
  • 7,377 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 25 items
  • 717 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 65 items
  • 156 items
  • 52 items
  • 19,569 items Explore
  • 824 items
  • 17 items
  • 2 items
  • 18,334 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 1,864 items Explore
  • 1,021 items Explore
  • 53 items
  • 420 items
  • 3,261 items Explore
  • 82 items
  • 443 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 20 items
  • 90 items Explore
  • 68 items
  • 289 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 113 items
  • 272 items
  • 764 items
  • 717 items
  • 1 items
  • 341 items Explore
  • 459 items Explore
  • 10,351 items Explore
  • 695 items Explore
  • 5,848 items Explore
  • 19 items
  • 4,979 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1 items
  • 5,260 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 3,297 items Explore
  • 9,171 items Explore
  • 6,539 items Explore
  • 183 items
  • 19 items
  • 142 items
  • 7 items
  • 997 items Explore
  • 17 items
  • 3,919 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 4 items
  • 1,022 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 3,486 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 35 items
  • 114 items
  • 3,196 items Explore
  • 12,249 items Explore
  • 2,722 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 7,977 items Explore
  • 31 items
  • 1 items
  • 21,329 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 38 items
  • 12,829 items Explore
  • 3,294 items Explore
  • 1,952 items Explore
  • 162 items
  • 31,525 items Explore
  • 633 items Explore
  • 415 items
  • 21,262 items Explore
  • 195 items
  • 1 items
  • 17 items
  • 30 items
  • 47 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 215 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,788 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 15,263 items
  • 9 items
  • 10 items
  • 13 items
  • 25 items
  • 3,260 items Explore
  • 852 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 195 items
  • 646 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 1 items
  • 2,022 items Explore
  • 874 items Explore
  • 14 items
  • 1,781 items Explore
  • 135 items
  • 73 items
  • 695 items Explore
  • 2,687 items Explore
  • 38 items
  • 22 items
  • 12 items
  • 9,011 items Explore
  • 19,525 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 3 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,194 items
  • 170 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 7 items
  • 77 items
  • 159 items
  • 9,979 items Explore
  • 3,513 items Explore
  • 2,615 items Explore
  • 4,670 items Explore
  • 23 items
  • 57 items
  • 6,098 items Explore
  • 4,024 items Explore
  • 460 items Explore
  • 2,255 items Explore
  • 1,807 items Explore
  • 3 items
  • 1,276 items Explore
  • 41 items
  • 216 items Explore
  • 378 items Explore
  • 5,140 items Explore
  • 8,927 items Explore
  • 1,829 items Explore
  • 2,163 items Explore
  • 3,296 items Explore
  • 8,680 items Explore
  • 72 items
  • 11 items
  • 2,488 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 24 items
  • 51 items
  • 1 items
  • 1,785 items Explore
  • 614 items Explore
  • 60 items
  • 16 items
  • 141 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 73 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 468 items
  • 1 items
  • 934 items
  • 3,562 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 8,309 items Explore
  • 46 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 44 items
  • 3 items
  • 12,894 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 1,124 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 4,820 items Explore
  • 779 items Explore
  • 2,009 items
  • 5,097 items Explore
  • 21 items
  • 12,324 items Explore
  • 1,340 items Explore
  • 5 items
  • 9,546 items Explore
  • 16,135 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 1,681 items Explore
  • 175 items
  • 35 items
  • 5,413 items Explore
  • 7,527 items Explore
  • 48 items
  • 11 items
  • 2 items
  • 59 items
  • 6,697 items Explore
  • 248 items Explore
  • 11 items
  • 4 items
  • 6 items
  • 4 items
  • 104 items Explore
  • 423 items
  • 150 items Explore
  • 7,345 items Explore
  • 45 items
  • 20,951 items Explore
  • 6,599 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 2 items
  • 546 items Explore
  • 325 items
  • 163 items Explore
  • 10,845 items Explore
  • 54 items
  • 16 items
  • 5 items
  • 4 items
  • 314 items Explore
  • 403 items
  • 172 items
  • 3,306 items Explore
  • 27 items
  • 1,228 items Explore
  • 2,093 items Explore
  • 588 items Explore
  • 20 items
  • 1,068 items Explore
  • 96 items Explore
  • 42 items
  • 253 items Explore
  • 56,844 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 2,628 items Explore
  • 2,599 items Explore
  • 22 items
  • 3,133 items Explore
  • 97 items Explore
  • 4 items
  • 14,877 items Explore
  • 5,116 items Explore
  • 7 items
  • 658 items Explore
  • 85 items
  • 2 items
  • 468 items
  • 39 items
  • 72 items
  • 29 items
  • 417 items
  • 3 items
  • 42 items
  • 1,057 items Explore
  • 91 items
  • 715 items
  • 46 items
  • 8,364 items Explore
  • 25 items
  • 2 items
  • 947 items Explore
  • 1 items
  • 14,149 items Explore
  • 92 items
  • 17 items
  • 1 items
  • 5 items
  • 302 items
  • 2 items
  • 547 items Explore
  • 1,660 items Explore
  • 935 items Explore
  • 2 items
  • 154 items

Select a time period

Or choose a specific year

Clear all filters

Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot, Countess Brownlow (1844-1917)

Sir Frederic Leighton, Lord Leighton PRA (Scarborough 1830 – Kensington 1896)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1879 - 1880

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

2440 x 1660 mm

Place of origin

England

Order this image

Collection

Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Belton House, Lincolnshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 436073

Caption

Leighton was influenced by the purely decorative ideals of the Aesthetic Movement which swept through Europe during the late nineteenth century. In this portrait, a youthful Lady Adelaide is disengaged from the viewer as if in a reverie. Her billowing, white Aesthetic dress, in a Renaissance style, sets up a visual and sensual scheme with the voluminous white clouds in the sky behind her.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Lady Adelaide Chetwynd-Talbot, Countess Brownlow (1844-1917) by Sir Frederic Leighton, Lord Leighton PRA (Scarborough 1830 – Kensington 1896), circa 1879/80. A full-length portrait of a young woman, standing, turned slightly to the left, gazing to the left, wearing a long white dress and holding a bouquet of flowers (red roses) to her right shoulder in her right hand. Formal parkland setting, at Ashridge in Hertfordshire, occupying the lower part of the painting but the majority of the background is taken up with large white clouds in a blue sky. Painted in the garden of Ashridge Park Hall. Adelaide was the youngest of three daughtesr of Henry John Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lady Sarah Elizabeth Beresford. She married Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow (1844-1921), son of John Hume Egerton, Viscount Alford and Lady Marianne Margaret Compton, on 22 June 1868 at Ford Castle, Northumberland. They lived at Belton and Ashridge Park, Herefordshire, She died at Carlton Terrace, London, England, after a long illness, without issue. Her sisters became Countess of Pembroke and Countess Cowper respectively.

Full description

Various descriptions of Lady Brownlow's appearance have survived; one, from Mrs Gladstone in 1875 of the Countess apparently wearing the dress seen in this painting: '...at teatime today in white embroidered with gold regular toga sort of thing, and tonight with red beads, white handkerchief on her head. Oh lovely." In 1893 Lady Paget described Lady Brownlow as the 'most beautiful of three sisters, every one of them the salt of the earth. She was seated between Lady Lothian and Lady Pembroke, the former in trailing black and the latter in trailing white draperies. Lady Brownlow was in sober grey of the same make, and they looked like the Three Fates. They all asked questions in high-pitched voices." Lord and Lady Brownlow were considerable patrons of the arts; he was a trustee of the National Gallery and was responsible for commissioning George Frederic Watts to make a memorial statue to Tennyson in Lincoln; together they were patrons of the Home Arts and Industries Association, with which Mr and Mrs G F Watts, John Ruskin, William Morris and William de Morgan were also involved, and the object of which was to provide artistic work for the poor and disadvantaged. It was in one of their houses that Lord Charles Beresford coined the sobriquet ‘The Souls’, for the intellectual and aristocratic coterie amongst which they moved. (Both of these accounts of Lady Brownlow are quoted from Jane Abdy and Charlotte Gere's The Souls, 1984).

Provenance

Commissioned by the sitter’s husband, Adelbert, 3rd and last Earl Brownlow (1844- 1921), 1879; thence by descent; acquired by National Trust with Belton House in 1984

Credit line

Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)

Makers and roles

Sir Frederic Leighton, Lord Leighton PRA (Scarborough 1830 – Kensington 1896), artist of original

Exhibition history

The Cult of Beauty: Aesthetic Movement in Britain, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2011 - 2012 The Cult of Beauty: Aesthetic Movement in Britain, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, 2011 - 2012

References

Liberating Fashion: Aesthetic Dress in Victorian Portraits (ed. Rhian Addison and Hilary Underwood), Watts Gallery, 16 February- 7 June 2015, fig. 24, p. 37

View more details