Sir Thomas Lawrence
Lady Georgiana Fane ?1806

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Sir Thomas Lawrence 1769–1830
Lady Georgiana Fane
Date ?1806
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1426 x 1022 mm
frame: 1660 x 1207 x 122 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Lady Georgiana Fane 1875
Not on display

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Lady Georgiana was a daughter of John Fane, 10th earl of Westmorland, holder of many government offices, including that of Lord Privy Seal for thirty years. She was the first child of his second marriage in 1800 to the heiress Jane Saunders. This portrait was painted in 1806, while the artist was working on two conventionally grand and sober portraits of her father. It shows the peer's daughter as a peasant child with a tub of laundry beside a stream, accompanied by a pet kid. This playful conceit may have been devised by her famously witty, not to say eccentric, mother. Georgiana never married and bequeathed the picture to the national collection on her death in 1874.

August 2004

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