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