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Lady Mary Booth, Countess of Stamford (1704 – 1772)

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1730

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

737 x 610 mm

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Collection

Dunham Massey, Cheshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Dunham Massey, Cheshire, North, National Trust

NT 936690

Caption

Mary Booth was the only daughter and heiress of George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington (1675-1758) and Mary Oldbury. In 1736 she married her cousin, Harry Grey, Lord Grey of Groby, later 4th Earl of Stamford (1715-1768). Dunham Massey thus passed to the Grey family. When the 2nd Earl of Warrington died in 1758, he bequeathed all his estates to his daughter and her successors. Trained by her father, it was she and not her husband who took up the reins of management of Dunham Massey. The books in the Library which bear Lady Mary’s bookplate suggest that she was something of a bluestocking, for they consist mainly of religious topics or poetry. However, she had a more attractive disposition than her father; her daughter-in-law described her in 1766 as ‘the Mistress of this House, whose greatest Joy is to make those belonging to her happy and easy.’

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, Lady Mary Booth, Countess of Stamford (1704 – 1772) by Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743). Half-length portrait of a woman, slightly right, gazing at the spectator, wearing a blue dress and ermine cloak.

Provenance

Stamford collection; devised to the National Trust by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896-1976).

Credit line

Dunham Massey, The Stamford Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Michael Dahl (Stockholm 1656/9 – London 1743), artist

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