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Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon And Duchess of Argyll: P.15002-R

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Current Location: In storage


Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon And Duchess of Argyll


Printmaker: Finlayson, John
Publisher: Finlayson, John
Painter: Read, Catherine (After)




After the portrait by Scottish portraitist, Catherine Read (1723-1778). Half length in an oval frame. The sitter faces left (complementing the companion portrait of her older sister, Maria, who faces right, see P.15001-R) and looks out at the spectator. She wears a frilled lace Dormeuse or French Night cap tied at the chin with a large bow and a lace fichu at the neck beneath a dark bedgown or mantle.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay, 1912

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century#
Production date: 1770-11-10 AD 1770


Mezzotint, printed in black ink. Second state after title. Fully-lettered. Engraved with artists' names in the margin at lower left in lowercase italic letters: 'C :Read pinx.t' and lower right: 'J : Finlayson Sculp.t'. Publishing date engraved in lower case roman letters in the margin at centre: 'Publish'd Nov.r 10th 1770'. Title engraved below: 'Elizabeth Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon And Duchess of ARGYLL [engraved in closed roman letters]'. Engraved in italics below: 'Sold by J. Finlayson, Orange Street, Leicester Fields.' The size (in inches) recorded in graphite in the margins at lower centre: '20 3/4 x 14 3/4'. Inscribed in graphite in margins at lower right: 'Miss Gunning'. Inscribed on the verso in graphite: 'CBM' (Charles Brinsley Marlay). See also P.11321-R, a mezzotint after the same portrait by Read by an unknown printmaker.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15002-R
Primary reference Number: 240049
Chaloner Smith: 1.II (p.478)
O'Donoghue: 9
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 4 ('Finlaison, John', pp.337-8)
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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