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Anne Wellesley (née Hill), Countess of Mornington

Anne Wellesley (née Hill), Countess of Mornington, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, circa 1820 -NPG 2665 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Anne Wellesley (née Hill), Countess of Mornington

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1820
8 1/2 in. x 6 7/8 in. (216 mm x 175 mm)
NPG 2665

Inscriptionback to top

An illegible and truncated pencil annotation bottom right [perhaps J. E.?].

This portraitback to top

The likeness agrees satisfactorily with that in the Rochard watercolour of c.1820. Another watercolour of Wellington’s mother in a private collection bears a false Lawrence signature. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) See W. Armstrong, Lawrence, 1913, p 186; K. Garlick, 'A Catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence', Wal. Soc., XXXIX, 1964, p 238.

Provenanceback to top

[Probably Matthew Hutchinson’s sale, Christie’s, 22 February 1861,1 lot 84 'Lawrence, Head of the Countess of Mornington'];2 Henry Farrer, by whom presented 1861.3

1 Hutchinson, from Blackheath, was selling more than 50 drawings by Lawrence, together with 7 paintings by him bought at the Lawrence sale; two of his own copies after Lawrence were also in this sale.
2 Garlick had previously supposed this might be of Catherine (d. 1825) who married 1812 the 4th Earl of Mornington (K. Garlick, 'A Catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence', Wal. Soc., XXXIX, 1964, p 238).
3 But not accessioned until 1934.

Exhibitionsback to top

Lawrence, New Haven, Fort Worth, Richmond, 1993 (57).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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