(b. 1735, London, d. 1811, Winchester)

Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Compton, Later Countess of Burlington

c. 1780
Oil on canvas, 127 x 102 cm
Private collection

This painting was formerly thought to have been painted by Allan Ramsay. The sitter has variously been called Lady Anne Compton, Countess of Northampton, who died aged 22 in 1763, and Lady Elizabeth Compton, Countess of Northampton, who died in 1741. As the portrait must date approximately to 1780, it is most likely that the sitter is in fact the former's daughter, Lady Elizabeth Compton (1760-1835), who married Lord George Cavendish, later created 1st Earl of Burlington (1754-1834), in 1782. She was painted by Reynolds in 1781 (National Gallery of Art, Washington), and also sat to both Hoppner and Romney.

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