Louisa Anne Beresford (née Stuart), Marchioness of Waterford

1 portrait on display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery

Louisa Anne Beresford (née Stuart), Marchioness of Waterford, by Sir Francis Grant, 1859-1860 - NPG 3176 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louisa Anne Beresford (née Stuart), Marchioness of Waterford

by Sir Francis Grant
oil on canvas, 1859-1860
35 7/8 in. x 23 1/8 in. (911 mm x 586 mm)
Purchased, 1944
Primary Collection
NPG 3176

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  • Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 101 portraits, Sitter associated with 22 portraits.

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Painted twenty years after the event, this portrait of Louisa, Lady Waterford is a nostalgic depiction of her younger self dressed in the medieval-style costume she wore to the Eglinton Tournament of 1839. This full-scale 'recreation' of a Medieval contest, staged by the Earl of Eglinton, was the first grand costume event of Queen Victoria's reign. Lady Waterford's beautiful appearance had been much admired, and it was where she captivated her future husband, now deceased, who was playing a chivalric knight. Commissioned by friends, the painting became a poignant memento of her presence at this remarkable event.

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