Cecilia Underwood, 1st Duchess of Inverness (née Lady Cecilia Letitia Gore; c. 1785 - 1 August 1873)
Cecilia Underwood, 1st Duchess of Inverness (née Lady Cecilia Letitia Gore; c. 1785 - 1 August 1873)

SAMUEL LOVER R.H.A. (1797-1868)

Cecilia Underwood, 1st Duchess of Inverness (née Lady Cecilia Letitia Gore; c. 1785 - 1 August 1873)

c. 1830 United Kingdom

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The reverse inscribed in pencil Duchess of Inverness and further inscribed in later hand in ink The Lady Augusta Murray = afterwards The Duchess of Inveress. bought at 24 Collingham Gardens, April, 1905 for £4 ..12/

Based on other known portraits it is unlikely that the sitter is Lady Augusta Murray, the first wife of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, but more likely to be Lady Cecilia Underwood. who was the second wife of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, sixth son of King George III. As their marriage was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act 1772, it was considered legally void, and she could not be styled either as the Duchess of Sussex nor a Princess.

Lady Cecilia's first marriage was to Sir George Buggin, in May 1815. The marriage produced no children and Sir George died on 12 April 1825.

Lady Cecilia was not accepted as a full member of the British Royal Family. Royal protocol restricted Lady Cecilia from being present at any functions attended by other members of the Royal Family, as she was unable to take a seat beside her husband due to her lower rank. To compensate for this, in 1840 Queen Victoria created her Duchess of Inverness, in her own right.


Samuel Lover was an Irish songwriter, composer, novelist, and a painter of portraits, chiefly miniatures
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 8, 35 (# 129) 67 (sitter #32).
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Height 8.30 cm (3.27 inches)
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4621
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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