A fine portrait of  The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)
A fine portrait of  The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)
A fine portrait of  The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)
A fine portrait of  The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)
A fine portrait of  The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)

SAMUEL COOPER (c.1608-1672)

A fine portrait of The Countess of Gainsborough, believed to be Elizabeth Wriothesley, Viscountess Campden. (d.1680)

1655 United Kingdom

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She wears a low cut white dress with blue sash across her left shoulder, pearl necklace and large drop pearl earrings
watercolour on vellum backed with card, set in the original gold frame with pierced spiral cresting

Edward Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough (1641-168) married twice, it is more likely that the sitter in this portrait is his first wife Elizabeth, whom he married in 1661. Elizabeth Wriothesley was the first daughter and co-heir of Thomas, fourth Earl of Southampton by whom Lord Gainsborough acquired the lordship of Titchfield from which he took his title in the Barony of Noel. (Elizabeth is not to be confused with her half sister also called Lady Elizabeth Wriothesley (1646-1690) who was Thomas Wriothesley's first daughter by his Second wife, Lady Elizabeth Leigh.)

The 1st Earl of Gainsborugh's second wife was Mary, widow of Sir Robert Worseley of Appuldercombe in the Isle of Wight, and daughter of the Hon. James Herbert of Kingsey, Bucks. I

The 1st Earl of Gainsborough was a British Peer and Member of the House of Lords, styled Hon. Edward Noel from 1660 to 1681. After being appointed Colonel of the Hampshire Militia in 1678, he was briefly knight of the shire for Hampshire in 1679. In 1682, he was given several local offices in Hampshire: Governor of Portsmouth, Constable of Porchester Castle and Lieutenant of South Bere Forest. He succeeded his father in October as Viscount Campden and Lord Lieutenant. Lady Elizabeth Wriothesley and Edward had five children.
Signs of restoration on the chest and lip
J. Pierpont Morgan where described as the Countess of Gainsborough, Christie's, 1935, lot 28
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
G. C. Williamson, Catalogue of the Collection of Miniatures the Property of J Pierpont Morgan, Volume 1 . p. 100.
Daphne Foskett, Samuel Cooper, 1974, p. 114 - described as location unknown

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 25 (# 66) 67 (sitter #21).
Dimensions
Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Stock Code
4556
Medium
watercolour and gouache on vellum
Signed/Inscribed
Signed with entwined initials and dated 1655
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