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Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell

14 of 23 portraits on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell, by Giovanni Boldini, circa 1897 - NPG 1630 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell

by Giovanni Boldini
oil on canvas, circa 1897
72 5/8 in. x 47 3/8 in. (1843 mm x 1202 mm)
Given by Winifred Brooke Alder by wish of the sitter, 1911
Primary Collection
NPG 1630


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Gertrude Blood married Lord Colin Campbell, younger son of the Duke of Argyll, in 1881, but separated from him in 1886 after a scandalous case in which he alleged her adultery with four co-respondents. She worked as an art critic for the World and the Ladies' Field, and was admired for her athletic prowess in fencing, swimming and riding. Her published works include A Book for the Running Brook, articles on English freshwater fish, A Miracle in Rabbits and Etiquette of Good Society. The Italian society painter Boldini imparted a special glamour to this alluring sitter by treating the rules of anatomy with magnificent contempt.

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