The Hon. Mary Howard, Mrs George Venables Vernon (1710-1740)
John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739)
Oil painting on canvas, The Hon. Mary Howard, Mrs George Venables Vernon (1710-1740) by John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739), signed and dated, middle right: Jno. Vanderbank Fecit/1737 and inscribed, bottom left (on added canvas): "The Hon:ble Mary Howard/ Daughter to Lord Effingham wife to George first Lord Vernon." A full-length portrait of a young woman, standing, turned slightly to the left, glancing to the right, her dark hair falling in ringlets on her shoulders, wearing a white satin dress with ample sleeves gathered at the elbows with blue bows and with a blue bow at her breast, there are full lace frills at neckline and mid-arm. She gestures with her right hand and holds a fold of her skirt with her left hand, she stands before a brown drape to the left, a classical vase and a distant landscape are revealed to the right. Mary Howard was the first wife of George Venables Vernon. They married in 1734. In 1762, after her death, he was created 1st Baron Vernon.
Vernon collection transferred to the Treasury in 1967 following the death of 9th Lord Vernon, and transferred to the National Trust in 1967.
Sudbury Hall, The Vernon Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1967)
Marks and inscriptions
Jn Vanderbank Fecit 1737
Makers and roles
John Vanderbank the younger (London 1694 - London 1739), artist