Countess Jane Macartney, nee Stuart (1742-1828)
Countess Jane Macartney, nee Stuart (1742-1828)
Countess Jane Macartney, nee Stuart (1742-1828)

JOHN TAYLOR (1739-1830)

Countess Jane Macartney, nee Stuart (1742-1828)

1786 United Kingdom

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wearing mauve dress trimmed with fur and green shawl
enamel, in the original gold frame engraved with monogram JM on the reverse beneath a crown

Countess Macartney was the 3rd daughter and 5th child of Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute and his wife Mary nee Wortley Montague, making her a grandchild of the writer and traveller Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. She married 1768, 1st Earl Macartney, Ambassador to Russia and Chief Secretary of Ireland 1775-1779.

An identical enamel of Countess Jane, formerly in the Collection of C.H. Samuelson, sold at Christie's in February, 1960 as by John Smart, is now in the National Gallery of Ireland where it is described as After John Smart
The late George Travers Lucy Macartney; Sotheby's, London, 31st Mafch 1949, lot 86 (as by John Smart, 'extremely rare' 52 gns. to Hans E. Backer)
Sotheby's, London, 27 February, 1990, lot 18 (as by John Taylor after John Smart. and described as signed and dated on the reverse.
Sotheby's, London, 7 November, 1996, lot 235 The collection of the late Mrs. T.S. Eliot
D. Foskett, John Smart, The Man and his Miniatures, London, 1964, p. 70
Height 1.75 inch (4.44 cm)
Stock Code
signed on the reverse I. Taylor/ Pinxt 1786.
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