Penelope Pitt (nee Atkins) Lady Rivers, (1724/5-1795)
Penelope Pitt (nee Atkins) Lady Rivers, (1724/5-1795)
Penelope Pitt (nee Atkins) Lady Rivers, (1724/5-1795)
Penelope Pitt (nee Atkins) Lady Rivers, (1724/5-1795)

PENELOPE CARWARDINE (c.1730-c.1800)

Penelope Pitt (nee Atkins) Lady Rivers, (1724/5-1795)

1754 United Kingdom

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Holding a fur stole wearing a pale grey dress and lilac turban.
the reverse erroneously inscribed that this is the work of Peter Carter.
Set in a gilt-metal frame.

Carwardine was the eldest of 6 daughters of John Carwardne. She took to miniature painting to earn a living after her father ruined the family estate. Works by Carwadine are scarce.
Carwadine is known to have painted Lady Rivers on another occasion as there is a mezzotint of her by Richard Purcell , after Penelope Carwardine, 1746, in the NPG.
Lady Rivers, the daughter of Sir Henry Atkins, 4th Baronet, of Clapham, Surrey, was the wife of George Pitt 1st Baron Rivers (1721-1803) a politician. He was commissioned colonel of the Dorset Militia shortly after this miniature was taken in 1757. In 1790 George Pitt became Groom of the Bedchamber.
Slightly faded
Christie's, 20th March, 1989, lot 70
Dimensions
Height 4.80 cm (1.89 inches)
Stock Code
4877
Medium
watercolour on ivory
Signed/Inscribed
Signed with initials and dated 1754
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