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Sophia Dubochet, Lady Berwick (1794-1875)

Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821)

Category

Art / Miniatures

Date

circa 1812

Materials

Watercolour paint on ivory, gilt metal and human hair

Measurements

47 mm (Diameter)

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Collection

Attingham Park, Shropshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Attingham Park, Shropshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 609184

Caption

Was Sophia just another object in 2nd Lord Berwick’s collection? This miniature is the only image of Sophia at Attingham. After her husband’s death, she gave instructions for the paintings of her by Lawrence and Beechey and a bust by Nollekens to be sold.

Summary

Portrait miniature, watercolour on ivory of Sophia Dubochet, Lady Berwick (1794-1875) by Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821), circa 1812. Circular. Head and shoulder portrait turned to the right, head tilted to left, wearing a coral necklace and a white cloak over her left shoulder. Brown eyes, short brown hair and pink complexion. Plain grey background. In an embossed gilt metal case with a coil of brown hair in the back. Sophia Dubochet, wife of 2nd Lord Berwick married in 1812 as a minor. Her youthful appearance in the miniature suggests that this may be a marriage portrait. It was said that Lady Berwick pleaded with Cosway to paint her portrait. Having already given up painting miniatures Cosway agreed 'declaring that it would be the last which he would to able to complete'.

Provenance

Attingham collection; bequeathed to the National Trust with the estate, house and contents of Attingham by Thomas Henry Noel-Hill, 8th Baron Berwick (1877-1947) on 15th May 1953.

Credit line

Attingham Park, The Berwick Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

229 and 296 (labelled)

Makers and roles

Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821), artist

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