Anne, Countess of Strafford (c. 1715 - 1785)
On View In:
Gallery 324
Artist:   Sir Joshua Reynolds  
Title:   Anne, Countess of Strafford (c. 1715 - 1785)  
Date:   1758-1759  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   30 x 24 3/4 x 3/4 in. (76.2 x 62.87 x 1.91 cm) (canvas)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Margaret Weyerhaeuser Harmon  
Location:   Gallery 324  

Lady Strafford (1715-1785) was the second of five daughters born to John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll. Following her marriage in 1741 to William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford, the couple became part of a social set that included luminaries such as Horace Walpole. Walpole particularly considered the countess to be a "vast beauty" whose charms he immortalized in a poem published in 1765. Entries in Reynolds' sitters book reveal that this painting was executed over several sittings between 1758 and 1759. That it was subsequently reproduced by at least four engravers indicates that painter, portrait, and sitter were all held in high regard.

Name:   Reynolds, Sir Joshua  
Nationality:   British  
Life Dates:   British, 1723 - 1792  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Title LC in grey green oil: [Lady Ann Campbell / Contefs of Strafford]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Portrait of a seated woman head turned to her proper right looking downward at an angle, she wears a white dress with two red jewels at center of dress associated with two strands of pearls and one larger central pearl, a blue cape drapes over proper right shoulder and covers lap.  
Creation Place:   Europe, England, , ,  
Accession #:   99.63  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts