Richard Crosse (British, 1742-1810) Theodosia Meade née Hawkins-Magill, Countess of Clanwilliam (1743-1817), her right arm resting on a table beneath a closed book and her head  supported by her right hand; wearing white dress with lace trim and blue bodice, white lace chemise and fine black ribbon choker, her brown hair curled and upswept beneath a white handkerchief tied loosely beneath her chin
Lot 40Y Ф
Richard Crosse
(British, 1742-1810)
Theodosia Meade née Hawkins-Magill, Countess of Clanwilliam (1743-1817), her right arm resting on a table beneath a closed book and her head supported by her right hand; wearing white dress with lace trim and blue bodice, white lace chemise and fine black ribbon choker, her brown hair curled and upswept beneath a white handkerchief tied loosely beneath her chin
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,255) inc. premium

Lot Details
Richard Crosse (British, 1742-1810)
Theodosia Meade née Hawkins-Magill, Countess of Clanwilliam (1743-1817), her right arm resting on a table beneath a closed book and her head supported by her right hand; wearing white dress with lace trim and blue bodice, white lace chemise and fine black ribbon choker, her brown hair curled and upswept beneath a white handkerchief tied loosely beneath her chin.
Watercolour on ivory, turned and ebonised wood frame.
Oval, 98mm (3 7/8in) high

Footnotes

  • Shortly after her marriage in 1765 Theodosia sat for portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds, both of which are held by the Ulster Museum of Northern Ireland (Inv. nos.BELUM.U5067 and BELUM.U692 respectively). A portrait of Theodosia with her eldest son, Richard, attributed to Strickland Lowry (c.1772), forms part of the National Trust Collection at Castle Ward, County Down (Inv. no.836194).

    Theodosia Meade was the only child of Robert Hawkins-Magill of Gill Hall, County Down by his second wife, Lady Anne Bligh. On 29 August 1765, she married John Meade (1744-1800), the son and heir of Sir Richard Meade, 3rd Baronet of Ballintober, County Cork and Catherine Prittie of County Tipperary. Theodosia's husband succeeded his father as 4th Baronet of Ballintubber in 1744. He was subsequently created Baron Gillford and Viscount Clanwilliam in 1766 and 1st Earl of Clanwilliam in 1776. The couple's union produced seven children including Richard, 2nd Earl of Clanwilliam (1766-1805). The Countess died on 2 March 1817 in Brighton and was buried in Preston Church the following day.

    A screen containing a silhouette of the Countess and other members of her family sold at these salerooms on 9 September 1998 (lot 15).

Saleroom notices

  • This lot contains or is made of ivory. The United States Government has banned the import of any ivory into the USA.
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