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Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

(1759?-1829), Actress and second wife of 12th Earl of Derby

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

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.

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Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by  John Peter Thompson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D35134

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Francesco Bartolozzi, published by John Peter Thompson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
stipple engraving, published 26 March 1803
NPG D35134

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D13107

'L'assemblée nationale: - or - grand cooperation meeting at St Ann's Hill'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching, published 18 June 1804
NPG D13107

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby, probably by William Derby, after  Stevenson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D23125

Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

probably by William Derby, after Stevenson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil, circa 1835-1842 (1790)
NPG D23125

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Elizabeth (née Farren), Countess of Derby

by Joseph Collyer the Younger, after John Downman
stipple engraving, published 1788 (1787)
NPG D19405

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