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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Louisa Anne Beresford (née Stuart), Marchioness of Waterford (1818-1891), Watercolour painter and philanthropist

Painter; born Louisa Anne Stuart, 14 April 1818 in Paris, daughter of diplomat Lord Stuart de Rothesay and sister to Charlotte, Viscountess Canning. Married 1842 Henry Beresford, 3rd Marquess of Waterford (died in a hunting accident 1859); inherited Highcliffe, Hampshire, her grandfather’s estate 1867; friend of artists and writers; published illustrations to the Babes in the Wood (1848) but exhibited only occasionally until the 1880s, when she sent works to the Dudley Gallery, Grosvenor Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy and elsewhere; her skills were admired by Ruskin and Watts, but her main claim to fame now rests on the large-scale biblical scenes she painted inside the estate school at Ford, Northumberland, where she lived in widowhood and where she died 12 May 1891.

In 1868, she was described as ‘the once peerless Lady Waterford – still wonderfully handsome – her profile one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. She was pleasant and unaffected.’ [1] Later she was remembered ‘with love and even veneration … Her manner, as she advanced in life and forgot her natural shyness, was charming. She was adored by her friends and her relatives and by the poor to whom she devoted such a great part of her life.’ [2]

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) Gower 1883, p.188, quoting his own diary for Apr. 1868.
2) Erskine 1910, p.286.

Referencesback to top

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O’Donoghue 1908–22
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Surtees 1972
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