Alfred Edward Chalon, RA (British, 1780-1860) Sarah Sophia Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey (née Fane) (1785-1867), wearing off the shoulder black dress, crimson and gold striped mantle lined with fur, crimson velvet hat dressed with gold tassel and falling white ostrich feathers, gold necklace and suite of emerald set gold jewellery to include headband, pendent earrings and waistband buckle
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Alfred Edward Chalon, RA
(British, 1780-1860)
Sarah Sophia Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey (née Fane) (1785-1867), wearing off the shoulder black dress, crimson and gold striped mantle lined with fur, crimson velvet hat dressed with gold tassel and falling white ostrich feathers, gold necklace and suite of emerald set gold jewellery to include headband, pendent earrings and waistband buckle
Sold for £1,440 (US$ 2,311) inc. premium

Lot Details
Alfred Edward Chalon, RA (British, 1780-1860)
Sarah Sophia Child Villiers, Countess of Jersey (née Fane) (1785-1867), wearing off the shoulder black dress, crimson and gold striped mantle lined with fur, crimson velvet hat dressed with gold tassel and falling white ostrich feathers, gold necklace and suite of emerald set gold jewellery to include headband, pendent earrings and waistband buckle.
Ormolu frame with pierced scallop shell and foliate corners.
Rectangular, 105mm (4 1/8in) high
Provenance: Sotheby's, 18 November 1972
Exhibited: Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September – 11 December 2005, no.54
Literature: Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.73

Footnotes

  • Sarah was the eldest daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland and his first wife, Sarah Anne (1764–93), daughter of Robert Child, the banker. Under the terms of her grandfather's will Lady Sarah was the heir to the great Child's Bank fortune, which brought her an income estimated at £60,000 a year, and Osterley Park, Middlesex. The immensity of her fortune meant she was much sought after as a bride. It was George Villiers (1773–1859), who married the heiress in 1804.

    Villiers, succeeded as 5th Earl of Jersey in 1805, and took the additional surname Child in 1812. Lady Jersey was one of the most prominent social figures of her generation and her houses became centres for the whig party. She was one of the lady patronesses of the exclusive Almack's club at Willis's Rooms, and as such exerted huge social influence. Dark-haired and attractive, her volubility was such that she earned the nickname 'Silence'. She was inclined to self-dramatization, excesses of romantic feeling and sensibility, and playing the role of tragedy queen. This romanticism prompted Lady Jersey to become a supporter of Byron during his troubles in 1814–15, and she offered him a refuge at Middleton. In her youth she was a beauty and much painted. Mrs Anne Mee included her among her series of miniatures of court beauties for the prince regent in 1814, but he rejected it; Byron wrote her a 'condolatory address' on the occasion. Like many women of her class and generation Lady Jersey had pronounced political views and did not hesitate to express them, and for some years she was an important whig. However, by the end of the 1820s, Sarah Jersey had aligned herself with the tories: Wellington and Peel became her great heroes - she fancied herself the confidante of the duke, but he mistrusted her discretion, and was once heard to mutter 'What damned nonsense Lady Jersey talks!'.

    The Jerseys had eight children, of whom six predeceased their mother. Lady Jersey arranged an ambitious match for her eldest daughter, Lady Sarah, with the Austrian Prince Nicholas Esterházy.
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