Oil painting on canvas, Anne Brownlow, Lady Cust (1694-1779) by Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723). 1719. Three-quarter-length portrait of a young woman, seated, wearing a yellow and red dress and with her hand to her left shoulder. In a landscape. Inscribed and dated 1719.
Anne Brownlow, Lady Cust (1694-1779) was the daughter of Sir William Brownlow 4th Bt (1665-1702) and Dorothy Mason (1655?-1699-1700); married in 1717, Sir Richard Cust, 2nd Bt (1680-1734) 2nd Bt of Pinchbeck, and sister of Sir John Brownlow, Viscount Tyrconnel (1690-1754). Mother of Sir John Cust (1718-70), Speaker of the House of Commons.
45 years a widow, she devoted herself to her large family. Inheriting Belton in 1754, she made over her own house in Grantham (also NT) to her son, Sir John, but exchanged with him again in 1766, so that he should have a house befitting his dignity as Speaker.
Marks and inscriptions
Lady Cust Mother to Sir John Cust. Bart
Makers and roles
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist