English School, circa 1810 A portrait miniature of George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland KG (1786-1861), in profile to the left, wearing brown coat, white waistcoat, chemise, stock and cravat
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English School
circa 1810
A portrait miniature of George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland KG (1786-1861), in profile to the left, wearing brown coat, white waistcoat, chemise, stock and cravat
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,890) inc. premium
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English School, circa 1810
A portrait miniature of George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 2nd Duke of Sutherland KG (1786-1861), in profile to the left, wearing brown coat, white waistcoat, chemise, stock and cravat.
Gilt-metal frame with laurel leaf border, the reverse engraved Earl Gower,/ afterwards Duke of Sutherland./ Born 1786 Died 1861.
Oval, 61mm (2 3/8in) high

Footnotes

  • George was the eldest of the four children of George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland (1758-1833) and his Scottish wife, Elizabeth Gordon, the 19th Countess of Sutherland in her own right (1765-1839). In 1841, George chose to add Sutherland to his existing surname of 'Leveson Gower', a tradition that was followed by his descendants.

    On 28 May 1823, George married the noted social reformer Lady Harriet Howard (1806-1868), daughter of the 6th Earl of Carlisle and later Mistress of the Robes to Queen Victoria. The union saw the birth of seven daughters and four sons.

    George devoted his life to transforming the ducal seats he had inherited. Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) was the Duke's chosen architect and it was as a result of his visionary efforts that Dunrobin Castle, Trentham Hall, Cliveden House and Stafford House were extensively remodelled and renovated with Stafford House in particular becoming the forerunner of the London property market.

    This miniature depicts George, who was partially deaf, in his youth when he was styled 'Earl of Gower'.
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