Lady Wharncliffe (née Lady Caroline Mary Elizabeth Creighton)


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Elizabeth Caroline Mary Stuart-Wortley, Baroness Wharncliffe (née Crichton; 1779–1856), styled Lady Elizabeth Crichton from 1789 until her marriage, was an Irish-born British aristocrat and female artist known for her landscape and figurative drawing and painting. A number of these artworks are in Tate Collection and Archive.

Lady Elizabeth Crichton was the daughter of John Crichton, 1st Earl Erne by his second wife, the former Lady Caroline Hervey, daughter of Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol and sister of the notorious Lady Elizabeth Foster.

She married James Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron Wharncliffe and had four children;

  • John Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 2nd Baron Wharncliffe (1801–1855)
  • Hon. Charles Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie (1802–1844)
  • Hon. James Archibald Stuart-Wortley (1805–1881), Solicitor-General
  • Hon. Caroline Jane Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie (d. 12 June 1876), married on 30 August 1830 Hon. John Chetwynd-Talbot (1806–1852)

There are four portraits of her as a child in the National Trust Collection.

Lord Wharncliffe died in December 1845, aged 69, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son, John, whose son Edward, 3rd Baron was created Earl of Wharncliffe in 1876. Elizabeth, Dowager Baroness Wharncliffe died in April 1856.

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