Called Elizabeth Chudleigh, Countess of Bristol and later bigamous Duchess of Kingston (1720-1788)
John Alexander (Aberdeenshire 1686 – Scotland 1766)
Oil painting on canvas, Elizabeth Chudleigh, Countess of Bristol (1720-1788) by John Alexander (Aberdeenshire 1686 – Scotland 1766), bottom left, in black: Alexd. pingebat A.D. 1757 [?]. A head-and-shoulders portrait. She has brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. She has pearls in her hair. She is wearing a white dress with lace at neck and cuff, and a pink lining visible at bust and sleeve, which is caught back with a button.
Bought in on 30.11.1911 for £20 from James Bellingham Warner, 4 Montpelier Terrace, Brighton.by Lord Francis Hervey (1846-1931), 4th son of the 2nd Marquess. From correspondence in the Ickworth archives it evidently had been bought by Warner at Christie’s about three years earlier. Lord Francis was unmarried, so presumably left the picture to his nephew, the 4th Marquess (1863-1951), on whose death valued for probate; accepted in lieu of tax by HM Treasury, and transferred to the National Trust in 1956
Ickworth, The Bristol Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1956)
Makers and roles
John Alexander (Aberdeenshire 1686 – Scotland 1766), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Cosmo Alexander (Aberdeen 1724 – Edinburgh 1772), artist