Lady Charlotte Harley, later Lady Charlotte Bacon (1801-1880), as Hebe

Richard Westall, RA (Hertford 1765 - London 1836)
National Trust Inventory Number 593154

Category Paintings
Date circa 1821 - 1836
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1130 x 1400 mm
Place of origin
Collection Treasurer's House, North Yorkshire
On show at Treasurer's House, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and North East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Lady Charlotte Harley, later Lady Charlotte Bacon (1801-1880) as Hebe by Richard Westall, RA (Hertford 1765 - London 1836), circa 1821. Labelled on the reverse: 'Ricd Westall R.A. No 4 portrait of a young lady of (?) twenty'. Full-length portrait of a young woman, as Hebe kneeling to the right, head turned to the left, in a white dress, a golden bowl held in her left hand from which an eagle is drinking- her left hand held up to a pair of doves. At her side Jupiter's eagle cranes its neck to drink. Hebe and the eagle of Jupiter was a common theme in the 18th century; the goddess was usually pictured with a jug in one hand, from which she has just poured nectar into a cup. Daughter to Jupiter and Juno, she was goddess of youth , and according to myth she married Hercules after his ascent to Olympus. She was the cupbearer to the gods and was frequently illustrated as winged and bearing a wine-vessel. The theme of Hebe and the eagle of Jupiter was common in the 18th century and was used as an instrument for female portraiture, flattering the sitter by insinuating that she shares Hebe's youth and beauty. ,

Provenance

Recorded as being in Dining Room 1907-22; gift of Francis 'Frank' William Green FSA (1861-1954), 1930

Marks and inscriptions

Richd Westall R.A. No 4 portrait of a young lady of (?) twenty (old label on reverse)

Makers and roles

Richard Westall, RA (Hertford 1765 - London 1836), artist

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Periods 19th century (167585)
Maker Richard Westall, RA (Hertford 1765 - London 1836) (69)
Subjects Lady Charlotte Harley, Lady Charlotte Bacon (1801-1880) (1)
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