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Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

(1759?-1829), Actress and second wife of 12th Earl of Derby

Sitter in 24 portraits
Called the Queen of Comedy by Horace Walpole, Elizabeth Farren was the star of Drury Lane for 20 years until her marriage to the 12th Earl of Derby in 1797. Noted for her vivacity and style, she took leading roles in plays by Colman, Sheridan and other contemporary authors.

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Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) - NPG 4469

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
marble bust, circa 1788
On display in Room 20 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4469

English Slavery; or, a Picture of the Times, probably by Frederick George Byron - NPG D9305

English Slavery; or, a Picture of the Times

probably by Frederick George Byron
etching, published 1788
NPG D9305

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by  M. Lawson, after  John Downman - NPG D35131

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, published by M. Lawson, after John Downman
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 1788
NPG D35131

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by John Jones, after and published by  James Roberts, after  Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway) - NPG D35132

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by John Jones, after and published by James Roberts, after Anne Seymour Damer (née Conway)
stipple engraving, published 31 March 1789
NPG D35132

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, after Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D15616

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured stipple engraving, (1790)
NPG D15616

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  Bull & Jeffryes, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D35133

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by Bull & Jeffryes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1792
NPG D35133

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  Bull & Jeffryes, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D17080

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by Bull & Jeffryes, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1792
NPG D17080

'A peep at Christies; - or - tally-ho, and his Nimeny-pimmeney taking the morning lounge', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12577

'A peep at Christies; - or - tally-ho, and his Nimeny-pimmeney taking the morning lounge'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 24 September 1796
NPG D12577

'Contemplations upon a coronet', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D9307

'Contemplations upon a coronet'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 March 1797
NPG D9307

'Contemplations upon a coronet', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12604

'Contemplations upon a coronet'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 20 March 1797
NPG D12604

'The marriage of Cupid and Psyche', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12612

'The marriage of Cupid and Psyche'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 3 May 1797
NPG D12612

'The bridal night', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12613

'The bridal night'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, engraving and aquatint, published 18 May 1797
NPG D12613

'The wedding night', by Isaac Cruikshank, published by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D15555

'The wedding night'

by Isaac Cruikshank, published by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 20 May 1797
NPG D15555

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Peter Thompson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D35134

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Peter Thompson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 26 March 1803
NPG D35134

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