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Lady Taylor: P.14986-R

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Current Location: In storage


Lady Taylor
Elizabeth Godden Houghton


Printmaker: Dickinson, William
Painter: Reynolds, Joshua (After)




After the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), (c.1775; Mannings, 1734; Petworth House, Sussex). Elizabeth Godden Houghton, daughter of Philip Houghton of Hanover, Jamaica married Sir John Taylor (1745-1786) of Lysson Hall, Jamaica on 17th December, 1778. Standing three-quarter length in a landscape, facing left, resting her left hand on her left hip and looking out at the viewer. She wears a shawl and matching turban with ostrich feathers.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay, 1912

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Production date: circa AD 1775


Mezzotint, printed in black ink. Trimmed. Proof before title. Engraved in italics in the margin at lower left and lower right: 'Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds' ... 'Engraved by W. Dickinson'. Engraved in italics below: 'From an Original Picture in the Possession of Robert Graham Esq.r. of Gartmore'. Trial workings with the rocker seen across the lower margin. Inscribed in graphite at lower right: 'Lady Taylor'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: '?CBM' [?Charles Brinsley Marlay]; '44'; 'J.C.S. 80 / Lady Taylor'. 'Lady Taylor' is listed in Nagler's paragraph of 'Portraiten nach J. Reynolds' on p.383 and not in Nagler's long list with annotated numbers. Dickinson also engraved a mezzotint portrait of Lady Taylor's husband, Sir John Taylor after Robert Edge Pine (See Notes). Both Pine's portrait of Sir John and Reynold's portrait of Lady Taylor were given by Sir John to his sister, Anne Taylor (d. before 1786) who married, circa 1760, Robert [Bontine Cunninghame-] Graham, 6th of Gartmore (1735-1797).

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14986-R
Primary reference Number: 240033
O'Donoghue: 1
Chaloner Smith: 80 (p.199)
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): pp.382-3
Mannings (Reynolds): 1734
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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