Richard Cosway, RA (British, 1742-1821) Charlotte, Baroness de Ferrers, later Countess of Leicester (d.1802), wearing white dress with ruffled neck tied with blue ribbon bow and frilled white cap dressed with a blue ribbon bow and tied beneath her chin, her hair powdered

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Lot 15Y
Richard Cosway, RA
(British, 1742-1821)
Charlotte, Baroness de Ferrers, later Countess of Leicester (d.1802), wearing white dress with ruffled neck tied with blue ribbon bow and frilled white cap dressed with a blue ribbon bow and tied beneath her chin, her hair powdered

Sold for £ 6,600 (US$ 9,336) inc. premium
Richard Cosway, RA (British, 1742-1821)
Charlotte, Baroness de Ferrers, later Countess of Leicester (d.1802), wearing white dress with ruffled neck tied with blue ribbon bow and frilled white cap dressed with a blue ribbon bow and tied beneath her chin, her hair powdered.
Silver frame set with paste.
Oval, 45mm (1 3/4in) high
Provenance: Sotheby's, 9 June 1986, lot 189
Exhibited: Portrait Miniatures from the Merchiston Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 23 September – 11 December 2005, no.27
Literature: Stephen Lloyd, Exhibition Catalogue, 2005, p.63

Footnotes

  • Charlotte, second daughter and co-heir of Eaton Mainwaring-Ellerker married on 24 December 1777, George Townshend, 2nd Marquess Townshend (1753-1811), known as Lord Ferrers of Chartley from 1770 to 1782 and as the Earl of Leicester from 1784 to 1807. As his mother Charlotte, was a Baroness in her own right, George succeeded to both his father's and his mother's titles. In 1784 he was created Earl of Leicester in his own right and in 1807 he succeeded his father in the marquessate of Townshend.

    By him, she had two sons and three daughters. He died suddenly in July 1811, aged 58, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son George, who had previously been disinherited. On the latter's death in 1855 the earldom of Leicester became extinct while the marquessate passed to his cousin John Townshend, son of Lord John Townshend of Balls Park.
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