Lady Harriet Fox-Strangways, Mrs Acland (1750-1815) crossing the River Hudson to the American lines, presenting her safe conduct

possibly Robert Pollard (Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1755 – London 1838)
National Trust Inventory Number 922301

Category Paintings
Date 1777 (inscribed)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 495 x 641 mm (19 1/2 x 25 1/4)
Place of origin
Collection Killerton, Devon (Accredited Museum)
On show at Killerton, Devon, South West, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Lady Harriet Fox-Strangways, Mrs Acland (1750-1815) crossing the River Hudson to the American lines, presenting her safe conduct possibly by Robert Pollard (1755-1838). Inscribed: LADY HARRIOT ACKLAND, during the AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, Oct.1777. R. POLLARD Pinxt.

Stormy cloudy sky over a river scene. On the left rocky bank a soldier aims his rifle to the right, behind him a row of tents with flag flying. In the centre stretching to the far horizon, a river with rocky outcrops, and in the centre on a rowing boat is Lady Harriet Acland (1750-1815) the daughter of Stephen Fox, 1st Earl of Ilchester and Elizabeth Horner and wife of Colonel John Dyke Acland (1746-1778), accompanied by a cleric (?) dressed in black holding up a white flag, an elderly lady in black with a black bonnet and a man holding the oars. Lady Harriet is dressed in a pink riding-habit composed of a coat and skirt with a black hat and is entreating the soldier on the left by showing him a letter of safe-conduct which she holds in her right hand. On the banks of the river on the right, are rocks and trees.

Provenance

Purchased from the Maas Gallery in 1992

Marks and inscriptions

Gilt tablet on frame:: Inscribed: LADY HARRIOT ACKLAND, during the AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, Oct.1777. R. POLLARD Pinxt.

Makers and roles

possibly Robert Pollard (Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1755 – London 1838), artist

References

Killerton House, Devon, 2000 [The National Trust] 2000, p.15

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Periods 18th century (85159)
Maker Robert Pollard (Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1755 – London 1838) (17)
Subjects Lady ‘Harriot’ Christian Henrietta Caroline Fox-Strangways, Mrs John Dyke Acland (1750-1815) (3)
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