Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell, by Giovanni Boldini, 1894 - NPG 1630 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell

by Giovanni Boldini
oil on canvas, 1894
72 5/8 in. x 47 3/8 in. (1843 mm x 1202 mm)
Given by Winifred Brooke Alder by wish of the sitter, 1911
NPG 1630

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26 February 2018, 16:58

Gertrude Blood married Lord Colin Campbell, younger son of the Duke of Argyll, in 1881, but separated from him in 1886 after a scandalous case in which he alleged her adultery with four co-respondents. She worked as an art critic for the World and the Ladies' Field, and was admired for her athletic prowess in fencing, swimming and riding. Her published works include A Book for the Running Brook, articles on English freshwater fish, A Miracle in Rabbits and Etiquette of Good Society. The Italian society painter Boldini imparted a special glamour to this alluring sitter by treating the rules of anatomy with magnificent contempt.

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