Mary de Cardonnel, Countess Talbot (c.1719 - 1787)

Allan Ramsay (Edinburgh 1713 - Dover 1784)
National Trust Inventory Number 869215

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1742 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1257 x 1003 mm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in)
Place of origin Great Britain
Collection Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
On show at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, Wales, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Mary de Cardonnel, Countess Talbot (c.1719-1787) by Allan Ramsay (Edinburgh 1713 – Dover 1784), signed and dated, bottom right: A. Ramsay 1742. A three-quarter-length portrait of Countess Talbot standing to the right but facing, in an oyster satin dress in a landscape. She was thonly daughter and heiress of Adams de Cardionnle of Bedhampton Park. She married William Talbot (1710 - 1782) in 1734. He succeeded as 2nd Baron Talbot in 1737 and was created Earl Talbot in 1761 but they had separated in 1742 as a resulyt of divorce proceedings begun by the Duke of Beaufort against his Duchess for adultery with Lord Talbot.


By family descent; acquired by the National Trust from Richard Charles Uryan Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (1935 – 2008), with the aid of the NHMF in 1997

Credit line

Newton House, Dinefwr, The Dynevor Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Allan Ramsay (Edinburgh 1713 - Dover 1784), artist


Steegman 1962 John Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses, Vol. II: Houses in South Wales, Cardiff 1962, pp.58-59 & pl.10D, no.19
Smart and Ingamells 1999 Alastair Smart and John Ingamells (ed.), Allan Ramsay A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, New Haven and London, Yale, 1999, no. 507, fig. 121

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