Oil painting on canvas, Anne Brownlow, Lady Cust (1694-1779) by Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723). 1719. A 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. She 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) Pinchbeck, and sister of Sir John Brownlow, Viscount Tyrconnel (1690-1754). She was the mother of Sir John Cust (1718-70), Speaker of the House of Commons. For 45 years she was a widow, devoting herself to her large family. Inheriting Belton in 1754, she made over her own house in Grantham (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.
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) from Edward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow, C. St J. (b.1936) in 1984
Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)
Marks and inscriptions
Lady Cust Mother to Sir John Cust. Bart
Makers and roles
Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646/9 - London 1723), artist