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.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 June 1804
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Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.