Sophia, Lady Burdett

1 portrait of Sophia, Lady Burdett

Sophia, Lady Burdett, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, after 1793 - NPG 3821 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sophia, Lady Burdett

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, after 1793
93 1/2 in. x 56 1/2 in. (2375 mm x 1435 mm)
Bequeathed by William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett Burdett-Coutts, 1952
Primary Collection
NPG 3821

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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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This portrait depicts Lady Burdett in a woodland setting, apparently resting on a stile after collecting flowers, one of which she has tucked into the folds of her gown. She wears a low plain hairstyle and carries a straw milkmaid or bergère hat with a ribbon tie. Such hats were popular in the 1750s and 60s and their use was continued only by working country women in later years. Lady Burdett's deliberate adoption of this old-fashioned, pastoral style aims to lend her a simple charm, though it is at odds with her spotless white dress, dainty pointed slipper-shoes and the fashionable detailing of her accessories. Her pink shawl is edged with modish 'steel embroidery' - incorporating shiny bands of steel thread - while her kid gloves are in the fashionable 'York tan' shade.

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  • NPG 3820: Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt (companion portrait)

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