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Catherine Capell-Coningsby (née Stephens), Countess of Essex

14 of 24 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

Catherine Capell-Coningsby (née Stephens), Countess of Essex, by John Jackson, circa 1822 - NPG 702 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Catherine Capell-Coningsby (née Stephens), Countess of Essex

by John Jackson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1822
30 1/4 in. x 25 1/4 in. (768 mm x 641 mm)
Transferred from Tate Gallery, 1957
Primary Collection
NPG 702


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  • John Jackson (1778-1831), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 230 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.

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The Countess of Essex first made her mark as Mandane in Artaxerxes at Covent Garden in 1813. A leading soprano, with a 'full, rich, round and lovely' voice, she was also an actress of distinction until her retirement in 1835. Three years later, she married the octogenarian 5th Earl of Essex. She is seen in this charming portrait by Jackson holding a musical score.

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