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Mary, Isabella, Duchess of Rutland: P.15008-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mary, Isabella, Duchess of Rutland


Printmaker: Green, Valentine
Publisher: Green, Valentine
Painter: Reynolds, Joshua (After)




After the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds (Painted mainly in 1780; exh. R.A. 1781, no. 225, 'Portrait of a Lady'; Mannings, 1212; Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, destroyed in the Belvoir Castle fire of 1816. A copy of 1799 by Robert Smirke exists, coll. Duke of Beaufort, Badminton House (Mannings, 1212a) and a copy after Smirke at Belvoir Castle (Mannings, 1212b)). Full-length, standing in a landscape, leaning with left elbow against a stone plinth covered with a fringed curtain and looking towards the right. Her left knee is bent upwards and her left slipper is visible beneath her gown. She wears a turban-style headdress with ostrich feathers and a cloak trimmed with ermine.

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: 1780-07-01 AD 1780


Mezzotint printed in black ink. Fully-lettered state, before the plate was altered by replacing the head to create a portrait of H.R.H. Frederica Charlotte, Duchess of York (See BM 1901,1014.46). The artists' names engraved in italics in the margin at lower left: 'Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds' and lower right: 'Engrav'd by V. Green, Mezzotinto Engraver to his Majesty & to the Elector Palatine.'. The title and publication details engraved below: 'Mary, Isabella, Duchess of Rutland / Publish'd July 1st 1780, by V. Green, No 29, Newman Street, Oxford Street.'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: 'CBM [Charles Brinsley Marlay]'; '23' and an illegible inscription which probably relates to the alteration of the plate.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15008-R
Primary reference Number: 240055
Whitman (Green): 103.II
Chaloner Smith: 115.II (p.583)
O'Donoghue: 6
Nagler (K√ľnstler-Lexicon): 5.108 (p.350)
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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